Domaine Trimbach Riesling Clos St Hune 2001
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Clos Sainte Hune is a 1,67 hectares exceptional stony argilo-calcaire, or Muschelkalk, limestone terroir, exclusively planted in Riesling, located in the heart of Grand Cru Rosacker, in Hunawihr.
The calcary soil allows this Riesling to develop a specific aroma and a wonderful concentration of fruits. Dry yet succulent, of phenomenal complexity, this wine develops an extraordinary aftertaste of minerals after a few years in bottle. The plot, which is approximately 50 to 70 years old, is south south east exposed and the yields are low. Annual production reaches about 9000 bottles, depending on the vintage. That makes the wine so unique that Clos Sainte Hune is looked for by many collectors all over the world.
We pick the grapes as late as possible in order to achieve maximum ripeness which, in turn, gives optimum depth of flavour and complexity. The grapes are picked by hand and pressed gently in a pneumatic press. The juice runs into the cellar by gravity and clarifies naturally prior fermentation. The juice ferment in stainless steel at controlled temperature for 3 or 4 weeks. The wine is vinified to complete dryness.
No oak ageing, because we believe it does not bring anything to our wines, except hiding the fruits, the flowers and moreover the salient characteristics of which are extreme purity and concentrated fruits. Bottling is early to preserve freshness. Wines are bottle-aged for several years before leaving the winery, especially CSH, for minimum 6 years.
Of great longevity and very rare, Clos Sainte Hune takes at least seven or eight years to reach its peak. Wine ageing: 10-20 years +"
100 points James Suckling
This is a dense and rich wine with incredible depth and ripeness. Full-bodied and open with layers of dried, ripe fruit. It goes on for minutes on the finish. It's minerally, salty and fabulous. Still holding on. (9/2015)
95 points John Gilman
2001 is clearly a great vintage for the Trimbachs, and the ’01 Clos Ste. Hune should one day take its place amongst the top vintages of this great wine. It will be interesting to see whether the 2001 or the stunning 2000 Clos Ste. Hune ultimately turns out to be the better wine, as both vintages are monuments in the making. The 2001 is very young and reticent at the present time, but clearly shows tremendous promise in its primary blend of grapefruit, green light, petrol, incipient notes of mint, hard limestone, floral tones and a hint of leesiness. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, deep and very racy, with laser-like focus, great cut, a rock solid core of fruit, brilliant balance and an endless, seamless and utterly magical finish. This vintage of Clos Ste. Hune will need to be buried for at least a decade to really let it come into its own, and it should prove to be a very long-lived and great vintage for this wine. (Drink between 2018-2045) 95+ (12/2008)