Joseph Cattin Gewürztraminer “Tradition”
WHY WE LOVE IT
- Very aromatic, this Gewürztraminer perfectly combines the typical fruitiness of the varietal with litchi and rose perfume with a good acidity for a refreshing style.
- The grapes come from their southern-most vineyard, picked fully ripe.
Varietal Composition: 100% Gewürztraminer
Elaboration: Gentle pressing of the grapes in a pneumatic press. The juice then falls by gravity into a fermentation tank. Fermentation between 64°F and 72°F in an old oak foudre.
Tasting Notes: A bright pale gold color. A nice perfumed nose with litchi and mango aromas and a delicate touch of rose water.The palate reveals ripe exotic fruits with rose flavors. The style is well-balanced between spiciness and freshness.
2017 – 88 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.