Pinot Gris Réserve, Trimbach
France – 2016
Tasting Note: Heady, fragrant Pinot Gris, dry yet packed with fruit, with a touch of smokiness on the finish.
Food Matching: The selection of very ripe grapes allows this Pinot Gris Réserve to match wonderfully with exotic, Asiatic and Japanese food. It really comes into its own with terrines, foie gras, smoked fish, fish in sauce (notably salmon) and white meats.
Vineyard: The viticultural origin of the Trimbach family dates back to 1626, when Jean Trimbach, was recognized as a citizen of Riquewihr. From then on, the Trimbach’s were renowned for their wine-growing. Maison Trimbach’s vineyards are all situated around Ribeauville (Ribeauville, Hunawihr, Bergheim, Rorschwihr, Riquewihr and Mittlewihr). They benefit from the unique Alsatian microclimate, thanks to the Vosges Mountains protection, which preserves the plain from the rain. The vineyards were planted on the Ribeauville’s fault line that fractured 50 million years ago between the Vosges Mountain range and the Black Forest offering a mosaic of terroirs including the complex calcareous limestone and bio-degraded seashell fossils called “Muschelkalk”. Trimbach Réserves are the result of a rigorous selection from mostly old vineyards in Ribeauvillé and the surrounding villages, producing more complex wines with longer ageing potential.
Vinification: The Reserve quality is from parcel selections of old vines around Ribeauvillé (around 35 years old) which produces a more complex wine destined for a longer laying down. After harvesting, the grapes are brought directly to the winery where they are fermented in stainless steel and bottled early without malolactic fermentation.