The Langsurer Brüderberg
As well as the world famous Devonian slate layers on the Saar, Ruwer, middle and lower Moselle, the German section of the river offers a further, most interesting geological formation of limestone that begins just south of Trier and runs up river along the German-Luxemburg border before expanding over the Champagne until it reaches Paris and north burgundy.
Finest limestone, partly crumbly, partly as dolomite rock, offers excellent, highly mineral vineyard soil – which besides fostering the more traditional Elbling, is best suited for the white burgundy vines like Chardonnay.
The terraces of the Langsurer Brüderberg form the first extremely steep slope; to the left of the Moselle downstream after the Luxemburg border, with a perfect southern alignment and an optimal gradient between 50 and 75%. After so many years fallow, the tedious task began grubbing up bramble bushes 2 metres in height; mainly by hand over a period of several weeks.
For the replanting with classic French propagated Chardonay clones („Séléction Massale“) as well as some Pinot Blanc, Gewürztraminer, Muscatel, Pinot Gris and Viognier, we decided in favour of a „Burgundy style“ close plantation with low foliage, with the aim of gaining a wine of the greatest extract strength but reasonably low alcohol content. In recent years we have successively planted a number of plots on the Langsurer Brüderberg with Pinot Noir.
Oberemmeler Altenberg, Wiltinger Klosterberg and Braunfels (Saar)
We have lately begun to cultivate some plots in prime regions on the Saar (Oberemmeler Altenberg, Wiltinger Klosterberg and Wiltinger Braunfels).
The vineyards here are planted with Riesling, Pinot Noir Précoce and Pinot Noir. They are all finest steep slope slate plots, which local growers have are often avoided due to the difficulty cultivating.