Dry. This cuvée is not only a truly memorable expression of Riesling, but it is also simply a brilliant white wine. It’s crafted from five plots of 60-plus year old vines in the heart of the Schlossberg slope where the sun exposure and granitic, mineral-rich soils beget a particularly deep, coiled and profound, dry Riesling. The wine takes its name from the day of Sainte Catherine, which falls on the 25th of November. Early vintages of the wine were picked on or around that date, drawing their opulence and complexity from Alsace’s late autumn. Today it can be picked as much as one month earlier, if not more. It does, however, remain the most expressive dry Riesling of the Domaine, and the 2018 is no exception. It’s powerful and, somewhat counter-intuitively, the least exotic and the most firmly structured of the Domaine’s 2018 Rieslings. Expect a super-intense, vinous Riesling loaded with grapefruit pith and zesty fruit, vibrant, punchy acidity and a long, smoky, zesty close. Magnificent.