Maison Trimbach : Gewurztraminer "Cuvée des Seigneurs de Ribeaupierre" 2013

Maison Trimbach : Gewurztraminer "Cuvée des Seigneurs de Ribeaupierre" 2013

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Maison Trimbach : Gewurztraminer "Cuvée des Seigneurs de Ribeaupierre" 2013

A fruity and gourmet Alsace white wine by Trimbach

The estate

For more than 12 generations, the Trimbach House has been an emblematic reference among the finest Alsace wines. The balance between fruit, acidity and minerality is the guiding principle behind the vinification of all the wines of this family estate, which is renowned for its unique style of wines that seduce the choosiest international gourmets with their great quality.

The vineyard

Located in the heart of the beautiful village of Ribeauvillé, in the heart of the Alsace Wine Route, the estate benefits from an exceptional terroir, both in terms of its sandstone, limestone, marl and clay soils and its oceanic influences due to the nearby Vosges mountains. The Trimbach House reigns over a vineyard of 50 hectares that spreads over more than 50 plots and 9 villages.

The wine

Produced only in high quality and impeccable vintages, the Gewurztraminer "Cuvée des Seigneurs de Ribeaupierre" 2013 by the Trimbach House is made from old vines, aged over 50 years. The grapes used to make this wine come from a selection of vineyards located in different places: Trottacker (Ribeauvillé region) known for its deep clay-limestone soil, Gruenspiel (Bergheim) with a soil composed of Keuper marl and lastly Muehlforst (Hunawihr) with a marl-limestone soil on a shell limestone substratum.

The vintage

A delay in flowering was recorded following the cool and damp conditions of winter and spring. The high summer temperatures, which caused local water stress, were partly offset by the low rainfall in August. The harvest was carried out under ideal conditions, combining sunshine during the day with cooler temperatures at night, resulting in a harvest of fresh grapes with controlled degrees of alcohol.

Vinification and ageing

The grapes are harvested when fully ripe, crushed and gently pressed. The vinification is carried out in stainless steel vats and old tuns. No malolactic fermentation or prolonged ageing on lees in order to preserve freshness, vivacity and fruity aromas. After bottling in the spring, the wine is aged in the cellar for a minimum of 6 years before being sold.

The blend

The Gewurztraminer "Cuvée des Seigneurs de Ribeaupierre" 2013 by the Trimbach House is a 100% Gewurztraminer. This grape variety is known for its beautiful aromatic palette. The residual sugar content of this wine is 18 g/l.

Gewurztraminer "Cuvée des Seigneurs de Ribeaupierre" 2013: Characteristics and tasting tips

The tasting


The complex nose offers a refined blend of floral and spicy (ginger) fragrances with delicious pastry aromas.


The ample and elegant palate exhibits an alluring acidity and delicate bitterness which enhances this wine’s delicious and rich fruity aromas.

Food and wine pairing

This Alsatian white wine is ideal with spicy dishes from Morocco, India, China, Thailand or Mexico. Dishes such as spicy couscous, dal curry, peking duck, orange duck, fajitas, salmon ceviche, foie gras, blue-veined cheeses or fresh fruit desserts are all refined pairings.


The Gewurztraminer "Cuvée des Seigneurs de Ribeaupierre" 2013 by the Trimbach House can be kept in the cellar until at least 2028 to express its full range of aromas.


For an optimal tasting, serve between 12 and 15°C.

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Maison Trimbach : Gewurztraminer "Cuvée des Seigneurs de Ribeaupierre" 2013
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The 2013 Gewurztraminer Cuvée des Seigneurs de Ribeaupierre comes from predominately Keuper marl-limestone soils in Hunawihr (Muhlforst area) and Ribeauvillé (Trottacker) which give this age worthy wine a full and powerful style. Nobly clear and elegant on the deep and concentrated but super subtle nose where ripe bright fruit aromas with a dash of lemon juice are displayed. Round, piquant and very elegant on the palate, this is an intense, complex, lovely mineral and extremely well defined wine with a stimulating vibrancy and a nice tannin grip which, in combination with the minerality, gives not just tension and power but also a very long and salty Gewurztraminer with mandarin flavors and flowers in the very persistent aftertaste. This Cuvée is even more elegant than the Reserve and will go into the market most likely by end of 2019 since 2008 is on the shelves right now and will be followed by 2011 and 2012 first.