Lydia Harrison, Manager at Majestic Wine Kingston, looks at an Alsatian winemaking dynasty with a proud history and fabulous reputation.

Lydia was awarded the prestigious Vintners’ Scholarship following her success of her WSET Diploma results this year. Congratulations.

In the shadow of the Vosges Mountains, Alsace enjoys the distinction of being one of the driest parts of France. Its climate enables an assortment of grapes to grow and a range of wines to be produced – typically (and unusually for France) varietally labelled.

Among the region’s very oldest and best-regarded producers are the Trimbach family in Ribeauvillé. The family’s wine-making heritage stretches all the way back to 1626, with a purist vision that has seen Trimbach producing classic examples of typical Alsace varieties for 12 generations.

We’re delighted to have recently added a superb Gewürztraminer and refreshing Pinot Blanc to the two Rieslings in our range.

Trimbach Pinot Blanc 2007 New!

Very clean, with fresh lemon, lime and floral characteristics and refreshing acidity. A perfect apéritif or palate cleanser.

Trimbach Riesling 2007

Really fresh and fruity, exhibiting green apple, lime and lemon on the nose and palate, with not a hint of petroleum or sweetness. A fine example of Riesling’s pure fruit character, with typical and highly refreshing acidity.

Trimbach Gewürztraminer 2007 New!

This lovely, aromatic, perfumed wine is a great example of what this grape is capable of, with an intense nose of lychee, grapefruit, lemon and elderflower following through to the palate.

Trimbach Riesling ‘Cuvée Frédéric Emile’ 2004, Jean Trimbach

This famous wine is named after the 19th Century Trimbach who expanded the business from grower to important merchant house. The nose displays citrus, baked apple, honey and a hint of petroleum, while the young, dry, vibrant palate has more green apples and citrus, with a touch of honey, lime and great minerality. Can be enjoyed now but its complexity on the palate and racing acidity give it the potential to age and develop over many years. Perfect for the cellar.

*All prices valid until 26th April 2010

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