Appellation Alsace Controlée
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.
Total production of all wines is about 100,000 cases per year.
The designation "Reserve" is used by the Trimbach
family only in very good vintage years. "Reserve"
indicates that the wine is made from the family's own vineyard
sites, from older vines whose yields have been limited by a
rigorous "green harvest", and from grape bunches that
have been selected at optimum ripeness to produce a rich, concentrated
Variety/Vineyard Site: 100% Pinot
Gris, from relatively rich clay soils with substantial
limestone deposits. Classic argilo-calcaire.
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.
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. Pierre Trimbach's
winemaking is impeccable and results in firm, masculine, bone
dry and richly fruity wines of enormous breeding – for some
a yardstick by which to judge all others in the region. Although
a boutique winery in production, Trimbach is the most enjoyed
brand of Alsace wine in the United States.
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.
Excellent with all fish but especially salmon, Pinot Gris
is also a superb accompaniment to chicken, veal, Foie Gras and