1983 Domaine Trimbach “Cuvee Frederic Emile” Ribeauville Alsace – NO RESERVE

Winning Bid: £34.00

One 75cl bottle bought on release.It was originally stored in an underground cellar,but within the last 22 years has been transferred to a purpose-built,temperature-controlled cellar.The wine fill is into neck and the capsule,although slightly crumpled at the top is in a reasonable state.The labels (see photograph) are also in reasonable condition for their age.

Wine Offer Status: Duty Paid, no VAT payable



No Reserve set on this auction lot.

The evidence below clearly concludes that with age,the Cuvee Frederic Emile improves beyond measure!

“A great vintage,the 1983s from scenic Alsace have everything – intense,pungent,aromatic bouquets,long,rich,ripe flavours,plenty of body,and great balance and length”.

Robert Parker. (The Wine Buyer’s Guide).

“The Frédéric Emile Riesling really is a unique wine; in fact, what probably hurts it most is that Trimbach also produces the legendary Clos Ste. Hune Riesling, widely considered to be one of the world’s greatest dry Rieslings (and the subject of a earlier vertical tasting written up by Stephen Tanzer back in January of 2012). Still, many experts believe the Cuvée Frédéric Emile Riesling is Clos Ste. Hune’s equal”.

“Like the Clos Ste. Hune, the Frédéric Emile does not carry any vineyard designations, as Trimbach is one of the remaining domains in Alsace that prefers to do without the name of the grand cru on the label”.

“The Cuvée Frédéric Emile is an uncompromisingly dry and powerful Riesling, underlined by a mineral note and firm, fresh but ripe acidity.The Frédéric Emile bears a passing resemblance to Clos Ste. Hune when young, exhibiting fresh, high-pitched white flower, lime and wet stone notes, then turns richer and spicier over time, typically developing licorice, quinine and cinnamon nuances and a lingering flinty minerality.  In almost all vintages, it is a touch fuller and less austere early on than its more famous sibling, but over time it is usually not the fleshier of the two wines.
According to François Wilhelm, the Frédéric Emile shows best around eight years after the vintage, on average, while Jean Trimbach believes that even fewer years are required for the wine to enter its optimal drinking phase, at least in most vintages. “Still, this is only the first level of appreciation,” he explained.  “At roughly 15 years it reaches a second level–or a second life if you prefer–that can be utterly extraordinary, like for example the 1983, a memorable wine.”  Not surprisingly, the great aging potential of the Cuvée Frédéric Emile was once again clear in my recent tasting”.

-Ian D’Agata.  (Vinous. November 2013).


The most recent tasting note on the 1983 Cuvee Frederic Emile on Cellartracker:-

” An incredible bottle of Cuvee Frederic Emile– very much old Riesling matured perfectly. There’s plenty of gasoline aromas and flavours, but coupled with some dried fruits. This clearly shows its age, but the broadness of this cuvee is now very nicely integrated with the rest of the elements here, especially the secondary fruit and the acidity. There’s a great bit of spice here as well that adds a lot of complexity. Lucked out on this one — this was a bottle in spectacular condition”.
(93 Points).

ACYSO.    (Cellartracker. 8/8/2018).


The last auction price on (in Europe,iDealwine) for a bottle of 1983 Cuvee Frederic Emile on 19/11/2018 was 116 Euros.


Auction History

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Highest bidder was: PJA

Date Bid User Auto
2020-02-14 12:51:36£34.00PJA Auto
2020-02-14 12:51:35£29.00The Wine Cru
2020-02-13 23:10:47£24.00PJA
2020-02-13 23:10:47£19.00707 Auto
2020-01-31 06:05:17£16.00707
2020-01-31 06:05:17£11.00harrybo3 Auto
2020-01-27 17:06:35£5.00harrybo3
2020-01-09 10:00Auction started

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