2018 Catherine Riss De Grès ou de Force Riesling

Alsace, France

From the high slopes, this plot is all Sandstone (gréseux in French). Direct pressed, elevage in old barriques for 11-12 months on lees. There’s a little reduction initially which blows off quickly to reveal lemon drops and minerality. It's elegant and fresh, with meyer lemon, lime, lemon pith, grapefruit, mint and thyme. Complex with salivating acidity, horizontal drive and incredible depth. Pair with free range pork chops or a chicken and black bean stew.


  • Style & Food Matching

    From the high slopes, this plot is all Sandstone (gréseux in French). Direct pressed, elevage in old barriques for 11-12 months on lees. There’s a little reduction initially which blows off quickly to reveal lemon drops and minerality. It's elegant and fresh, with meyer lemon, lime, lemon pith, grapefruit, mint and thyme. Complex with salivating acidity, horizontal drive and incredible depth.

    Pair with free range pork chops or a chicken and black bean stew.

    Tech Notes

    Varietal / Blend: Riesling

    Decant: Recommended

    Closure: Cork

    Farming Practices: Organic

  • Alsace, France

    In 2012 Catherine purchased 1.3 hectares and began her own domain. She was assisted by Antoine Kreydenweiss and Lucas Rieffel in the early years. They offered advise and encouragement, with Lucas providing his cellar for Catherine to make her wines until 2015 when she established her own cellar in Bernardville. All farming is done in organics, her original hectares certified in 2015. Catherine seeks diversity in the vineyard, cover crops are planted with the intent of taking nitrogen in to feed the soil.

    She now has 4 hectares, all located around the village of Reichsfeld, approximately 40 minutes south west of Strasbourg. Her vineyards are steep and sit high at the base of the Vosges mountain range, bordered by forest at 350-400 meters altitude. This micro climate ensures freshness and acidity, the mountains protecting the vineyards and allowing slow ripening. Across 10 plots, the vineyards are within a few kilometres of each other, the majority on sandstone (gréseux) soils which are fast draining. She also has some plots in Schififferberg Cru, the soil crumbly blue schist, a rarity in Alsace.


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