This cuvée is not only a truly memorable expression of Riesling, but it is also simply a brilliant white wine. It’s crafted from five plots of 60-plus-year-old vines in the heart of the Schlossberg slope where the sun exposure and granitic, mineral-rich soils beget a particularly deep, layered and profound dry Riesling.
The wine takes its name from the day of Sainte Catherine, which falls on the 25th of November. Early vintages of the wine were picked on or around that date, drawing their opulence and complexity from Alsace’s late autumn. Today it can be picked as much as one month earlier, if not more (the 2019 was picked between October 4th and 10th). It does, however, remain the most extraordinary dry Riesling of the Domaine, and the 2019 is no exception.
The winemaking remains identical to the Schlossberg above, yet here the terroir manifests more intensity, focussed concentration and mineral resonance. A Riesling of phenomenal breadth and depth with lifted flinty/matchstick aromatics leading to a powerful yet tightly wound palate with ripe peach and apple fruit, all kinds of citrus zest, and a saline, sappy close. A brilliant wine. Let it breathe to enjoy the full extent of its charms.