The Geisberg Grand Cru will be familiar to any fan of the wines of our family, as it has been one of the two Grand Cru vineyards (along with Osterberg) that have made up our famous Riesling, Cuvée Frederic Emile, since its first vintage in 1967. The Geisberg vineyard is a jewel of Alsace, first planted by the Romans, and one that Pierre Trimbach and his team have been working for more than 40 years now on behalf of the nuns of the Convent of Ribeauvillé. Located between two other Grand Crus on Ribeauvillé’s fault line, the limestone and sandstone subsoil, the old vines, the exposure to the sun and the small steep terraces make it a very unique and complex terroir of only 8.5-hectares in total
We produced our first Grand Cru wine from Geisberg in 2009 from the 2.66-hectares that we lease from the Convent of Ribeauvillé. This is a wine that we only make in great vintages and a bottling that has added to our story of the fantastic vineyards of our area. It is a wine of incredible intensity and energy with bright, electric colors and silvery shimmers. The aromas need to be coaxed out of the glass, but then reveal beautiful floral notes and classic Riesling petrol minerality. On the palate, the attack is unctuous and ample with saline notes adding elegance to a very structured wine. This is a gastronomic wine able to age between 10 to 30 years in the top vintages.
93 points, Ian d’Agata, Vinous Media: “Bright luminous straw. Complex aromas of white peach, talcum powder, anise, and balsamic oils. Enters full and round, then slightly more austere, displaying a minty quality to the ripe yellow stone fruit flavors. Finishes long and savory with a strong note of licorice. A very complex, balanced wine that will age well. The Geisberg grand cru is very complex geologically; Trimbach’s vines, rented from the Convent of Ribeauvillé, grow on marly-calcareous and sandstone soils. Interestingly, nobody farms more of the Geisberg than does Trimbach today (3.5 hectares of the total 8.5 hectares of the Geisberg)."