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In our cellar we found an aging bottle of 2001 Trimbach Gewürztraminer Cuvée des Seigneurs de Ribeaupierre. After some of our previous experiences with older wines, I was a bit trepidatious. Would it still have some “spice”? Or leave us flat?


I had fun checking out the tasting notes on this one. Someone who just tasted it on Jan. 7 wrote: Dry, a petrol note that reminds of Riesling, but classic litchi and spiced peach notes. Really lovely, and in a good place. Better than I expected/remembered A-

So far so good, but then I read this note from 2012: From a recently-purchased lot that is, alas, a little bit heat-traumatized. There’s still plenty to like in its arid porcine minerality and light apricot glaze, but there’s also a slightly sticky and stale note that gives away the damage. (1/12)

Arid porcine minerality? I fell to wondering how a wine could possibly be porcine. Or indeed, arid and porcine at the same time. In any case, we opened it up and poured. It had a half-floral, half-fruit scent, rich and sweet, that reminded me of certain Rieslings we’ve enjoyed. I can see why the bouquet is often described as lychee fruit, rich, sticky and tropical. In the mouth it was not as sweet as I expected. The flavor was less florid than the scent, but still pleasing and balanced. The finish, alas, dropped off abruptly. Checking the prices on this wine, I noted with glee that it’s being sold in some wine shops for as much as $90!

The website of Alsatian producer Trimbach is worth a visit for the lovely images of the vineyards and cellars of Ribeaupierre. Not to mention this charming family photo of the Trimbachs, who have been making wine there for thirteen generations: patriarch Hubert, his nephews John and Peter, and daughter Anne.