Catherine Riss Dessous de Table, 2019

 

Catherine Riss Dessous de Table, 2019

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To say the release of Catherine's wines are hotly anticipated around the world each year is an understatement. A quiet woman who works mostly on her own, except at harvest. From a family of Alsatian restauranteurs, that she has gained such a following for her smallish amount of bottles each year is some achievement in such a short space of time. 

Her wines are based throughly in the vineyard, austere yet of exacting detail, a volume in the glass that teases you in with delicious aromatics and supreme drinkability. Working with Riesling, Sylvaner, Auxerrois and Gewurz over a  mix of terroir from the poor and sandy to more dense clay, plus a rare pocket of blue schist that her Pinot Noir is grown on.  

An assemblage of Pinot Auxerrois and Sylvaner in equal portions, Whole bunches are directly pressed together slowly over 6 hours, the juice settled overnight before being racked into old barrels. It begins fine, flinty and fresh with pomelo and citrus juice. A long and sizzling palate, lanolin, orange blossom and a spice twist. There’s depth here, white florals and pears, and the palate builds. Incredible length.