Maison Trimbach Wines
In the French region of Alsace are the Trimbach Estates, where the family has been producing wines from 1626. From the first patriarch Jean Trimbach to the 12th generation today, the Trimbach family is closely involved in the wine business.
Since the beginning the Trimbach Estates have followed strictest rules for their winemaking, the family style is described as dry wines, very strictly structured, long-living and fruity, elegant and balanced. These wines have been made with processes as natural as possible, that means no chaptalization (a process of adding sugar to unfermented grape juice to increase alcohol content), or malolactic fermentation. These wines are aged in the Trimbach cellars for 3-4 years before they are released in the market.
Alsace as a region is quite unique. It is not just its terroir but also its political and winemaking history. Riesling, Gewürztraminer, Pinot Gris, Muscat, etc, are the common varietals for the region. But unlike the German versions of these wines, Alsatian wines are drier and crisper, therefore not sweet. The terroir has a role to play in this – the weather is cool and dry with limited rainfall and the soil is clay-based.
Three of Trimbach Estate wines – Pinot Gris, Riesling and Gewürztraminer – are imported by FineWinesnMore in India. It is easy to realize that these wines follow through with the wine making philosophy of dry and crisp wines.
Maison Trimbach Riesling 2010
Nose: Expressive nose with white flowers, lemon rind, minerals and hints of honey.
Palate: The fruit forward palate is balanced by the incredible acidity making the wine crisp and clean. Similar to the nose, notes of lime, minerals, green apples and slight spice on the finish. Medium body and bone dry, the wine has less than 2 grams per litre of residual sugar. It is the perfect example of Trimbach Estate’s dry style of wine making.
The wine retails for Rs 3012 in Mumbai.
Maison Trimbach Gewürztraminer 2010
Nose: Unmistakable Gewürztraminer nose, rose petals with fruits like apricots, lychees, honey and minerals.
Palate: Rich luscious palate which reflects the fruity nose as well. Medium body wine with an oily texture with spice on the finish. Lovely wine to pair with mildly spiced Indian grills and salads.
The wine retails for Rs 3563 in Mumbai.
Maison Trimbach Pinot Gris Reserve 2008
Nose: Floral notes with lime and slight smokiness. There is also this cheese and dairy sort of character, although the wine has not gone through malolactic fermentation.
Palate: For a 2008 vintage, the wine showed very well. Lime, peaches, minerals and pear notes with slight bitter almond on the finish. A medium body wine still showing good acidity, considering its spent to much time in the bottle.
The wine retails for Rs 3676 in Mumbai.