2009 due to be released before the 2008. Steely, limey, dry and a bit nutty. Very little development so far - deserves ageing, because I'm sure it will get better than this, considering the pedigree. (RH) 16.5/20
A compact white that marries a firm backbone of acidity with focused flavors of apple and green pear, petrol and lanolin, honeycomb and ground spice. Delivers a fresh, zesty finish. Drink now through 2029. (AN)
Pale straw-green. Delicate notes of cinnamon, sage and lemongrass on the enticing nose. Rich, dense and structured, with spicy white fruit, quince, fresh herbs and minty nuances on the structured palate. Finishes fresh and long, with a surprising amount of flesh, not surprising perhaps in a vintage that yielded some very heavy wines at other famous estates. Unlike many other wines made in this hot, dry growing season with a late harvest and little or no botrytis), this Frédéric Emile struck me as excellent and rather fresh. (ID)
Citrus zest, fruit pit, huckleberry, and white pepper lend Trimbach’s 2009 Riesling Cuvee Frederic Emile an aromatic piquancy and tactile bite that – allied to an oily texture – might pull a bit too much in a bitter direction were it not for a satisfying and far from vintage-typical abundance of exuberantly juicy lime, tangerine, and kiwi. A high-toned aura of pit fruit distillate hovers over the entire performance. Crushed stone and alkaline mineral notes add depth to an invigoratingly and tenaciously lingering finish. This ought to perform admirably in the classic Frederic Emile role for at least 12-15 years. (Incidentally, it’s bone dry, at 13.5% alcohol.) (DS)
A benchmark for Alsace Riesling, Cuvée Frédéric Emile is released only as it approaches maturity, and this 2009 is just getting there now. With kerosene aromas and tight, intensely zesty and mineral flavors, it shows the Trimbach approach—that Riesling needs to be bone dry. It's impressive now, but will be even better from 2016. *Cellar Selection* (RV)
This is so open and sexy with blood orange, minerals, flint and stone. Full-bodied and tangy, plus sliced lemon, lime and white peach. Salty with limestone too. Amazing.
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