Family owned since 1774, Müller-Catoir is now owned by Philipp David Catoir, the ninth generation. Philipp David works alongside Martin Franzen, who is responsible for both vineyards and cellar. Martin originally comes from the Mosel, bringing experience as head of operations at Schlossgut Diel in the Nahe and at Gut Nagelsforst in Baden. Franzen joined the winery in 2002, taking over from legendary winemaker Hans-Günther Schwarz, who made Catoir a household name in Germany and abroad. Hans-Günther had a reputation as a great and friendly mentor to two generations of some of the best winemakers in Germany, Austria and Alsace. Martin has continued this tradition and has become one of the most respected winemakers in Germany.
To show most clearly the differences between sites and different levels of quality, Müller-Catoir adopted a more holistic philosophy in the vineyards, beginning organic conversion in 2012 and completed their first certified organic vintage in 2015. When asked about the difference that he feels organic viticulture has made, , Martin says that he finds the wines have “a deeper saltiness, a more mineral element and more complexity”. In the cellar, the approach is generally very hands off, but treatment of the fruit changes slightly vintage, by vintage. Minimal handling, spontaneous fermentations, mostly in stainless steel and long contact with the lees are the hallmarks of the style at this address. Every wine produced here is 100% estate grown and the treatment of each vineyard is the same, regardless of hierarchy.