Joseph Cattin Gewürztraminer Grand Cru “Hatschbourg”
WHY WE LOVE IT
- Gewürztraminer with enviable power and structure! The dry core of spice perfectly balances the ripe exotic fruits.
- The grapes fully express the specificity of the unique Grand Cru terroir of Hatschbourg.
Varietal Composition: 100% Gewürztraminer
Elaboration: Handpicked grapes. Gentle pressing of the grapes. Fermentation between 64°F and 72°F. Ageing in traditional big old oak casks in order to reveal the specificities of its terroir.
Tasting Notes: A gold and bright color. Aromas of litchi and candied tropical fruits combined with a fresh rose water notes. The palate is fruitful (exotic fruits especially litchi and mango), a round body and long lasting finish.
2015 – 91 Wine Enthusiast | 91 James Suckling
2016 – 92 Wine Enthusiast
2020 – 94 Wine Enthusiast
2021 – 90 Wine Enthusiast
Cattin is the largest family-owned and family-operated winery in Alsace and located in Voegtlinshoffen, a small village on the foothills of the Vosges Mountains at 1,091 feet in elevation. The Cattin family has been producing wine since 1720 and today the winery is managed by the 12th generation! The estate is composed of many small plots located in the Southern part of the Colmar region and a staggering 80% of their vineyard land is located on slopes. A broad menu of soils (clay, limestone, sandstone, ferruginous, marl…), combined with big time diurnal shifts, means an exceptional palate of aromas and flavors. Cattin uses old oak “foudres” (big barrels) to produce some of the region’s most terroir driven Grand Cru wines such as the legendary Hatschbourg which ranks among the family’s oldest plots. Over the past several decades Crémants have become the house specialty and these are what initially caused us to bang their doors down.