Joseph Cattin Orange Cattin
WHY WE LOVE IT
- Orange Cattin comes from very healthy and fully ripe grapes that are hand-harvested in September.
- It undergoes maceration in whole bunches for 48 hours.
- It is fermented for 2 weeks in old oak casks followed with ageing on fine lees for 4 more weeks.
Varietal Composition: 100% Pinot Gris
Elaboration: The parcels are located in the heart of the Alsace vineyard, 10 km south of Colmar. Colmar is the capital of Alsace wines and one of the driest regions in France. The Alsace vineyard enjoys a unique location, between the Vosges Massif and the Black Forest, and a semi- continental climate. Located at an altitude of 300 meters, the soils are heavy, deep and well drained. The richness of the soil, combined with ideal exposure, enables the production of complex, rich and racy wines.
Tasting Notes: Bright orange in appearance with a nose of candied orange peel, lemon peel and spices. A full mouth palate, expressing great complexity. This Pinot Gris is full-bodied and complex, expressing candied orange peel flavors combined with fresh spiciness. Very food- friendly.
2021 – 94 Wine Enthusiast “Editors’ Choice”
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.