The hamlet of Katzenthal is situated below a ruin castle dating from the 13th century, the landmark Wineck and the Grand Cru Wineck-Schlossberg. Katzenthal was destroyed in the winter of 1944-45 but has been rebuilt into a charming village with genuine Alsace character.
Clément Klur started winemaking under the Klur label in 1999 following a period of partnership with cousin Michael Stoecklé. Clément and Francine Klur have a clear and sympathetic strategy; biodynamic viticulture and active, modern marketing are combined with rental of well-equipped and charming appartments. Oh, I forgot one thing: they really seem to enjoy life and their visitors as well.
Klur has divided the range into three categories. The "Katz" range includes honest varietal wines for everyday consumption. "Klur" denotes wines from grapes picked at a higher level of maturity, including the outstanding wines from Grand Cru Wineck-Schlossberg. The third category includes some odd wines and the most prestigious cuvées, including the Vendanges tardives and the Sélections de grains nobles.
This modern way of targeting the production towards specific segments is still quite unusual in Alsace where most producers would love to make a separate cuvée from each of some 50 plots.
Everything concerning the Klur family and the Klur estate is influenced by anthroposophical ideas. The work and management of the vineyards includes use of certain preparations, spread in the vineyard in homeopathic amounts, ca 4 g/ha. In the cellar, Klur strives for minimum intervention and follows the rythms of nature.
The generous, personally decorated appartments are dominated by soft, earthy and warm colors. Klur offers appartments in Katzenthal as well as in Riquewihr.
In addition, the Klur estate shows a lot of, what Wall Street analysts would call "Corporate Social Responsibility" as Clément and Francine Klur are engaged in social activities far beyond their role as winemakers.
Each day, an aphorism is written with a crayon on a black-board outside the reception. In November 2006, I was struck by: "Le Monde est une rose, respire-la et passé-la à ton ami. ". Translated*: "The Earth is a rose, breathe it in and pass it on to a friend."
Clément Klur does not only make good wines, he also gives you something to thing about and to relate to.
* The Google language tool suggested: "Le Monde is a pink, breathes it and last to it with your friend."