A stunning wine with ethereal aromas of sliced apple, sliced pear and mineral character. Flowers and honeysuckle too. Full-bodied, very tight and dense. It goes so deep and beautiful. Bright and tangy acidity. Has the depth of a great vintage of grand cru Burgundy but is so Clos Ste. Hune in character. Muscularly feminine and breathtaking.
The 2014 Riesling Clos Ste Hune is clear and intense on the concentrated nose, offering ripe white-fruit aromas. On the palate, this is a bone-dry, vital and finessed Riesling with a long and tension-filled, salty finish. The 2014 is a kind of quintessence of the Ribeauvillé/Hunawihr terroir: pure, lean, stony and salty, with no flesh, but lots of bones and minerals at this very early moment. Picked at 35 hl/ha this is a straight Sainte Hune that will last for for 30+ years.(SR)
Pale straw-green. Very deep, pure aromas of stone fruits, green papaya, licorice and lemon verbena. Rich and dense, but with vivid acidity providing the stone fruit and citrus flavors with remarkable clarity and cut. The extremely long finish features lingering floral and lemon nuances. This strikes me as being just a bit riper than the Frédéric Emile, but with sneaky underlying power and a refined mouthfeel brought out by the calcaire of the Rosacker. The crop level here was reportedly only 35 hectoliters per hectare. (ID) 94+
This is Pierre Trimbach’s 35th vintage of Clos Sainte Hune, which he now makes with his nephew, Jean. Located within the Rosacker grand cru in Hunawihr, the Clos is the family’s most prized vineyard site, 4.12 acres of vines, the oldest planted in 1951, growing in muschelkalk, a fossil-flecked limestone. Protected by the height of the Vosges mountains and by the stone wall that surrounds the vines and helps trap the warmth of the sun, Riesling thrives in this site. The 2014 vintage, from a relatively cool ripening season, has enough acidity and mineral power to catch in the back of your throat, and yet the wine is saturated and elegant, making that tickle a signal to sit up and take notice. What’s remarkable about this Riesling is the precision of its flavors and structure, sustained in the midst of its bold intensity. The chalk, lemon pith and white cranberry purity of that flavor is youthfully reticent, delivering hints of what this will become with age.
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