Iconic Clos Ste. Hune

Julien Peros | July 3, 2019

The Trimbach Family Legacy

Highly regarded as one of the finest Riesling in the world, the Clos Ste-Hune vineyard has been owned by Trimbach family for more than 200 years. This 1.67 hectare vineyard sits on an exceptional stony argilo-calcaire, or Muschelkalk, limestone terroir, exclusively planted with Riesling and located in the heart of Grand Cru Rosacker, in Hunawihr. With on average only 600 cases produced per year from these 50-year old vines, this is a wine that is much sought after wine by Riesling lovers and collectors across the globe 
The Trimbachs continue to make Clos Ste. Hune as they did in the past: a cool, slow fermentation; a quick racking to remove the wine from the lees; no malolactic fermentation; and a short period of aging in neutral wood foudre before bottling early to retain the fruit. The wine is then aged for an incredible five years in bottle before being released.

We recently secured an allocation of 2011 and 2012 vintages, two contrasting vintages that will prove how versatile Clos Ste-Hune can be. The warmer 2011 shows a pure, intense profile with notes of stone fruits, jasmine and hints of flint. The palate really highlights the characteristics of this unique terroir with ripe fruit and chalky finish. This is a soft and round vintage that one can enjoy surprisingly young!

The latest 2012 release shows a more classic and crystalline profile of Clos Ste-Hune displaying notes of lime, ginger and smoke. Fresh and saline palate that ends on light petrol notes. A more harmonious and vertical vintage compared to the 2011.

Trimbach’s “Clos Ste Hune” has an exceptional ageing potential as it can age 15-20+ years after bottling without even reaching its peak. I encourage you to try not just one of the worlds great Rieslings but one of the worlds great white wine vineyards!