– Elzas, France
Clement Klur has been making wine in Katzenthal biodynamically for the past 20 years. In 2017 he gave up 20 of his 23 hectares to start his passion project ‘Tack/Glou’ together with his daughter Elisa.
They retained their best 3 hectares, including Hinterburg’s 40-year-old Pinot Noir on limestone clay and Grand Cru Wineck Schlossberg’s 65-year-old Riesling on pure granite. Their goal: to craft uncompromising natural wines—playful, yet precise and complex, evolving beautifully with time. Since their introduction in 2019, their wines have gained international acclaim.
If you ever visit the Elzas be sure to go to the Klur’s in Katzenthal. Clement, Francine, and Elisa are a warm, open, and energetic family. Like themselves, the wines are mostly playful but with a serious undertone. Elisa (the daughter) is also the creator of the labels in addition to being a goldsmith, and will take over the business in a few years. But until then they make these great wines together.
Everything is done by hand and no chemicals are used. After rigorous selection, nothing but perfectly ripe and healthy grapes are used to make the wine in the cellar they work entirely naturally with no added sulfites.
Their Riesling, cultivated on steep mica granite soils, embodies powerful minerality and purity. While the Grand Cru sees no maceration, the other Rieslings do for just a bit. Longer aging and demanding patience in needed for their full potential. Gewurztraminer and Muscat see a long maceration but without oxidation. It results in aromatic wines with depth that are still easy to drink. Tete en L’air, a co-fermentation of all the whites with a bit of Pinot Noir added later in the process, balances juiciness with complexity. Their Pinot Noir, nurtured in chalky soil, delivers fruit-forward elegance—and is easy to drink.
Cultivation: 3 ha
Production: 6,000-7,000 bottles/year
Varieties: Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Muscat, Pinot Noir
Certifications: Demeter (Ecocert – LB)