Trimbach Gewürztraminer Vendage Tardive 2002, Alsace AC
Tasted July 2012
Appearance - clear with a seducing deep gold colour. Almost no rim difference and some visible tears.
Nose - clean, aromas are still developing but are fantastically evolved and have a pronounce d intensity. There is a distinct note of ripe lychee but like if it was dipped in luxurious honey, some flowery rose petals, stone fruit resembling dried ripe apricots and just a slight note of ginger, very perfumed with some botrytis.
Palate - a sweet wine, almost luscious, medium plus acidity refreshing the ensemble, medium plus generous alcohol level and a full body. Flavours maintain the pronounced intensity dominated by the notes of honey, dried apricots, hints of lychee, ending with some sweet spice on the background resembling ginger and nutmeg. Very long length.
Conclusions (18/20) - outstanding wine, gives a perfect example of a sweet Alsatian with all the right attributes of Gewürztraminer, but with extra complexity and very harmonious. Creamy and mouthcoating, shows super aromatic and flavour pungency, with aromas jumping from the glass from afar. Ripe fruit and honeyed sweet notes are balanced by a perfect acidity that is perfectly integrated in the robust structure, one could say almost hidden. Endless length, sticks to your palate in a very rewarding fashion. Perfectly ready to drink, but will not fade on the short term. Please don't forget to properly chill it to 6/7 ºC and drink out of a dessert wine glass (small Tulip shaped) to fully enjoy it.
You know a wine is great when the glass is empty but you can't take your nose out of it, not wanting to stop feeling all those voluptuous aromas.