KLEE: [terroir]+[enjoyment], the best formula to discover the wines of Alsace!
What differentiates the Vignobles Albert Klee:
A small family vineyard of 5 hectares located in Katzenthal, 5km from Colmar, the vineyard is made up of slopes and a rich variety of terroirs: granite, sandstone, clay-limestone and limestone marl, suited to growing each of the Alsace grape varieties.
Albert Klée, Jean-François' father, modelled these terroirs and has learnt how to understand them all his life, in order to obtain the perfect combination of variety and root stock with the terroir of each plot. Work that today his son continues.
The vine growing is based on sustainable viticulture: reduced inputs (almost no fertiliser, when used it is always organic, minimum phytosanitary protection, rather preventative actions are preferred — stripping, low yield, etc.).
Vinification is carried out by plot, thanks to a specially designed winery, in small volumes, to preserve the personality of each terroir in our vintages.
INDEPENDENT WINE-MAKERS, Odile, Albert and their son Jean-François, work both in the vineyard and the winery and sell the fruit of their production directly to wine lovers and faithful customers.
Jean-François Klee, former technical director of Châteaux Léoville Las Cases (Saint Julien), Potensac (Médoc) and Nénin (Pomerol), left Bordeaux in 2012 to pursue a project with his family.
With a training in agricultural engineering and wine-making from Agro Montpellier, he is passionate about growing vines and making wine. This comes through in the precision of the style of each of his wines. The final objective, always kept in mind, is the production of a gastronomic, balanced wine to accompany food.
He is the last representative in a long line of wine-makers, who have presided over Katzenthal since 1624 and he is perfecting the expertise developed by his parents, who worked to make the estate prosper over the last 40 years.
History: A Centuries-Old Heritage
Around 1624, Urbain Klee came to Katzenthal and established his vineyard.
Since this time, the vineyard prospered and was passed down from generation to generation.
4 centuries later, the Katzenthal vineyard acquired its reputation, with the creation of the AOC Alsace and the demarcation on their land of 2 Grand Cru terroirs: Wineck Schlossberg and Kaefferkopf.
Vines and Wine: Meticulous Work for an Exceptional Result
The greatest attention is given to the vineyard.
The vines are cared for and maintained at low vigour and controlled yield.
The number of bunches on the stock is adapted according to the wine-growing potential of the area, which is determined by experience and observation.
The vines' state of health is checked in order to harvest healthy, ripe grapes. Any vine disease must be fought, while also respecting the environment. For many years, Vignoble Albert Klee has made huge efforts to use sustainable and integrated vine growing methods.
The qualitative potential of each variety is optimised by the choice of soil and leaf care, right up to the decisive choice of the date for harvest.
Beyond these technical considerations, an understanding of the terroir and of its behaviour according to meteorological conditions is the key to enhancing the value of the terroir.
Respect for the Environment
To be precise, Vignoble Albert Klee is committed to sustainable and integrated vine growing methods.
What does this mean?
Reducing the dosages of phytosanitary products used
Reducing the number of treatments
Ensuring the future by following certain rules that allow the appearance of resistance by vine pests (mushrooms) to be avoided
Banning the use of all chemical weed-killers, replacing it with mechanical weed removal (working the soil)
Using products that pose no risk to the health of the user or the consumer
Guaranteeing practices that ensure that the land can be worked and used by the coming generations.