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F. E. Trimbach

Pinot Gris "Reserve Personnelle"

Appellation: Appellation Alsace Controlée

Location: The Trimbach winery is located in Ribeauville, west of the Rhine River in Alsace. The Trimbach family domaine consists of approximately 70 acres of vineyards located primarily in and around some of the finest grand cru sites of Ribeauville, Hunawihr, and Bergheim.

The designation "Reserve Personnelle" is used by the Trimbach family only in finest vintage years. "Reserve Personnelle" indicates that the wine is made from the best of the family's own vineyard sites (most of which are designated Grand Cru), as well as from older vines whose yields have been limited by a rigorous "green harvest", and from grape bunches that have been hand selected at optimum ripeness to produce a rich, concentrated wine of substantial aging potential.

Grape Variety/Vineyard Site: 100% Pinot Gris, from the Grand Cru Osterberg and from the adjacent Lieu-dit of Trottacker above the Trimbach winery in Ribeauville. The soils are quite rich in clay and minerals with substantial limestone deposits.

Vinification and aging: After the grapes are gently pressed, the must is allowed to settle to remove any impurities. Fermentation is in stainless steel tanks at approximately 20 degrees Celsius. The Trimbach family inhibit the malolactic fermentation, thus preserving the grapes' fresh natural acidity and fruit character, as well as the aging potential of the wines.

History: Since 1626 the Trimbach family has been dedicated to the production of high quality Alsace wines from the traditional noble grape varieties of Alsace. Currently, the 11th and 12th generations of the Trimbach family oversee all aspects of the domain's operation, with Bernard and his oldest son Pierre managing the vineyards and winemaking, while Hubert and Bernard's younger son, Jean, travel the world to promote the wines. Although a boutique winery in production, Trimbach is the most enjoyed brand of Alsace wine in the United States.

Style: The Trimbach style of wine is one of finesse, elegance, and superb concentration, preserving the vibrant natural acidity and characteristic fruit flavors of the individual varietal as well as the aging potential of great wine.

Food: Excellent with all fish but especially salmon, Pinot Gris is also a superb accompaniment to chicken, veal, Foie Gras and mild cheeses.