Joseph Cattin Riesling Grand Cru “Hatschbourg”
WHY WE LOVE IT
- Grand Cru status in Hatschbourg means long ageing potential and a rocky, dry, complex palate and the Cattin’s have been tending this site for as long as anyone in the area can remember.
Varietal Composition: 100% Riesling
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 pale yellow color with golden hues. The nose is mineral with notes of flowers and white stone fruits. A dry Riesling with citrus notes combined to a mineral style. A long lasting finish.
2016 – 92 James Suckling
2017 – 92 Wine Enthusiast
2018 – 92 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.