Weight and rigour

Trimbach make some great Rieslings. They don’t do malolactic fermentation to soften the acid and ferment them dry so they can be quite austere and rigorous. Given plenty of time in the cellar they can become really charming and lovely. Being a late harvest wine has helped with the charm factor in this wine.

Riesling Cuvée Frédéric Emile Vendanges Tardives 1990, F. E. Trimbach

A lovely, opulent nose of creamy minerality and mature apple fruit. The nose is very complex and suggests the wine is drinking as well now as it is ever going to; good maturity there. The palate has plenty of weight and fat, but is not really that sweet. It has got great acidity, serious length and real complexity. It is very stylish and very lovely. Perfect for drinking now as this is as mature as one could wish for; still in fine fettle. This is really intellectual and exciting, but also full of charm and pleasure. Excellent Riesling.