Jean Trimbach visits Washington D.C.
February 11, 2011
Jean Trimbach visits Washington D.C. store MacArthur Beverages
Alsace. White wine comes to mind, yes? Unlike most other French wine regions, the wines are named first and foremost after the grape, although terroir names have gained increasing prominence. There are many grand cru vineyards in Alsace, for example, but people still think in terms of grapes, so labels often include both the grape and the location. So, Alsace often means crisp, dry Rieslings, fuller-bodied Pinot Gris and spicy Gewurztraminers for most of us. And terroirs, which range from volcanic to granite. One of the best Alsace producers is Maison Trimbach, run by the same family in Ribeauvillé since 1626. Unlike some producers who leave residual sugar to lend their wines a sweeter aspect, Trimbach is known for a bone dry philosophy (excepting, of course, the naturally sweet late harvest wines). Jean Trimbach is well known in the United States. He visits regularly to promote the wines — and shares his knowledge rather like a professor. In the video, you can see scenes from a tasting at MacArthur Beverages in Washington D.C. on 5 February 2011, where he describes Alsace wine, his opposition to any new oak aging, and the types of grapes and their terroirs. For a longer version, click HERE.
Also, here my tasting notes on many 2007s from Alsace, as published on the MacArthur Beverages website.