Catherine Riss (Alsace)
Catherine Riss is a young winemaker producing excellent minimal intervention wines out of Alsace, France. Fresh and pure, the wines are only released when ready and stable. Production is very, very limited with only a small amount making its way to Oz each year.
About Catherine Riss...
An Alsace native, Catherine studied viticulture and oenology in Beaune and Dijon before interning with Jean Louis Trepat. Following this Catherine spent several years travel working in both France and overseas before heading back to Alsace to work for Chapoutier in 2009.
In 2012 Catherine purchased 1.3 hectares and began the production of her own estate grown wine. In the early days she was assisted by Antoine Kreydenweiss (who we also love) and Lucas Rieffel. Originally the wines were made at the cellar of Lucas Rieffel before Catherine established her own winery in 2015.
Today Catherine has 4 hectares around the village of Reichsfeld. The estate is organic, having been certified in 2015. The vineyards sit at 350-400 meters altitude at the base of the Vosges mountains and are surrounded by forests (which have a cooling influence). It is a cool site, with plenty of freshness in the wines. The soils are primarily sandstone with some rare blue slate plots in the Schififferberg Cru.
All work is done by hand on the estate. Elevage is in old barrique only with no additions, filtration or fining (including no sulphur usage).