“Go to Cattin in Voegtlinshoffen for the Crémant and the view. Interesting people to visit. Jacques Cattin Senior is a larger than life character who presides the French association of all Crémant producers, so a good source of information. He is also very active in local politics. His son Jacques Junior is great fun, very active on the export market, especially China.”
That was the advice from David Ling of Hugel et Fils who arranged the visit to Joseph Cattin last October. We took the scenic route from Riquewhir to Voegtlinshoffen as David suggested. The view was spectacular.
Anaïs SIROP CATTIN met us at the entrance to the winery. She had an intern from China on tow. After introduction and pleasantries, she led us to the edge of the vineyards and gave a brief introduction to the wines of Joseph Cattin.
A tour of the winery and barrel cellars followed.
In the bright and elegant tasting room we tasted pretty much the entire Cattin range – Crémant d’Alsace, AOC Alsace and Alsace Grand Cru:
- Brut Cattin (100% Pinot Blanc)
- Crémant d’Alsace Rosé (100% Pinot Noir)
- Grande Cuvée (80% Pinot Blanc & 20% Chardonnay)
- Emotion Brut (20% Pinot Blanc & 80% Chardonnay)
- Pinot Blanc
- Gewurztraminer, Muscat, Pinot Gris & Riesling Grand Cru Hatschbourg
- Pinot Noir Grand Cru Steinbach
- A selection Vendanges Tardives and SGN
It was a splendid visit and tasting.
A considerable quantity of Cattin wines was purchased after the tasting and brought back to the UK. They were used at two HMWS tastings as well as the Society’s Christmas Lunch in December. Arrangements are being made to purchase further stocks from Joseph Cattin’s UK agent Richard Kelley MW this spring.
Maison JOSEPH CATTIN, 18,19 rue Roger Frémeaux, 68420 VOEGTLINSHOFFEN, +33 3 89 49 30 21 firstname.lastname@example.org