Kitterlé was distinguished right from 1699. In 1782, twelve “schatz” of vines turned out to belong entirely to the Jesuits from Ensisheim. It has been sold under its own name since 1830.
This volvanic-sandstone plot is on a unique site, on a steeply sloping rocky outcrop facing three ways (south-west, south and south-east). The light, sandy soil, which is kept back by huge drystone walls, only gives very low yields.
Whole grape pressing, static racking. Fermentation in thermo-regulated tuns for one to four months. Maturation on fine lees for 8 months.
It goes perfectly with exotic cuisine : a Reunionese mango chutney with monkfish curry, sliced chicken with madarins and spicy sauce, a pork pot with Sichuan pepper or a soft rind-washed cheese such as the Taleggio. Serve at a temperature of 12°C.Learn more about food & wine pairing
The robe is golden yellow and intense with green reflections of good intensity. The disk is bright, limpid and transparent. The wine shows youth.
The nose is marked, pleasant and intense. Sophisticated, we perceive a dominant of candied and exotic scents : passion fruits, litchi, mango and flowers (rose). The airing enhances these scents and reveals grapefruit and spices : ginger and Sichuan pepper. The healthy and ripe raw material gives it a shining and distinctive profile. Remarkable.
The onset in the mouth is ample, dense, mellow. The alcohol support is full-bodied. The wine evolves on a medium with a frank vivacity, marked by a sparkling note. We find the same aromas dominated by exoticism : mango, passion fruits, litchi, papaya, grapefruit, spices, Sichuan pepper, ginger and in a very subtle way, rose. We perceive a hint of bitterness. The finish has a good length, 8-9 caudalies, a fine liveliness and a hint of persistent bitterness. The balance of this wine is concentrated and mellow. Very tasty, the romatic profile is, as always, remarkable on this terroir. Very attractive profile !
Technical sheet by M. Pascal Leonetti
“Best Sommelier of France 2006”