Acute problem

Trimbach 2002 Riesling “Cuvée Frédéric Émile” (Alsace) – The 2000, 2001, and 2002 vintages at Trimbach are quite the epic trilogy, and like 1988-1990 before them each has its own character. It’s still very early days for the 2002 (there are few houses about which one can say that for a riesling at age nine), and the differences between it and the 2001 are clearer than they were just a few years ago. Headier than its slightly older brother, driven as much by body as by pointed intensity, yet no less forceful, the 2002 is going to drink a lot better, sooner, than the 2001 ever has. But I think it will reward just as much aging, ending up as a somewhat rounder form of the molten iron that is all great CFEs’ destiny. (1/12)


  • David B

    January 17, 2012

    Thanks. I’ve had a couple of bottles of the 2002 so far, and the idea of it being rounder (fleshier?) rings true for me. I’ve actually found it to be drinking quite well now, and wonder why age it when so many other wines need (versus reward) age.

    And how goes the 2000 – any recent insights?

    • thor iverson

      January 17, 2012

      Well, for one thing because Pierre believes in it as much as he does the 2001. ;-)

      For my own palate, it is indeed delicious now but I just think there’s so much more minerality to come. I like it now, but if it ages well I’ll like it more. And it’s not like I lack things to drink.

      Haven’t touched a 2000 for a while.


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