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Domaine Weinbach - Riesling - Cuvee Sainte Catherine - Schlossberg - Grand Cru

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95 Points - The Wine Advocate

"As always the Riesling Grand Cru Schlossberg Cuvée Sainte Catherine, it is sourced from the family's oldest (60 years) Riesling plots, situated on the mid Schlossberg slope, so with the best exposition. Logically it is the richest, ripest and most complex dry Riesling of the domaine. It displays a clear and intense lemon flavor on the nose, is very precise and mineral, and very, very deep. The piquant and finessed attack on the palate is followed by a very elegant and balanced flow on the palate, which clearly indicates a higher ripeness than the regular Schlossberg, but displays the same salty finish. There is more lemon chutney and roundness here but also more finesse. The finish is round and elegant, very well balanced and absolutely lingering in its salinity. A great Schlossberg Grand Cru: powerful and intense but also subtle and elegant. A long distance runner. Catherine recommends this iconic cuvée "with fish in sauce, lobster and some poultry dishes." SR

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  • Domaine Weinbach

    Domaine Weinbach

    Onshore Cellars - ICONIC Producer

    Domaine Weinbach is situated at the foot of the Schlossberg hill in Alsace and is named after a small stream, ‘Wine Brook’, that runs through the Estate. Founded in 1612 by Capuchin monks and then taken over by the Faller brothers in 1898, it is now in the hands of Catherine Faller and her son Théo who produce some of the country’s finest wines.

    I visit a lot of wine estates, but this is one visit I will remember for a long time. Weinbach, based in Kientzheim, is one of the star domaines of Alsace.Jamie Goode, wineanorak.com

    Domaine Weinbach farms biodynamically and hand harvest all of the crop with a view to quality over quantity. Each vineyard has its own specific terroir, which along with the other unique characteristics of grape and vintage, shimmer through these elegant and sophisticated wines thanks to their ageing in large old oak foudres.

    Catherine and Théo grow a variety of grapes within the estate - Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer, Muscat, Pinot Noir, Pinot Blanc and Sylvaner - but it is Riesling that is the king of Alsace wine and at the hearts of the Faller family. The Domaine owns 8 hectares of Riesling vineyards and they were among the first in Alsace to receive Grand Cru status in 1975.

    On a base of granite rocks, the soils are brown, slightly acidic, and pebbly. The Schlossberg’s steep, south-facing slopes ensure exposure to optimal sunshine. The soils are very well drained and warm up very rapidly producing delicate fruit with a bouquet of great finesse.

    I have already nailed my colours to the mast by listing Domaine Weinbach in my 100 Most Iconic Wine Estates book. I am always absolutely mesmerised by the thrilling wines from this Domaine.” Matthew Jukes

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