100 - 140 m elevation, 30% gradient.
Our parcels are in the heart of the Oppenheimer Kreuz, with soil shaped by powerful bands of loess leavened at various points with fragments of course shale and shell limestone.
We call the Oppenheimer Kreuz our 'papal site.' For the best of reasons: our 1999 Oppenheimer Kreuz Spätburgunder was used by Pope Benedict as sacramental wine, a point of great pride for us.
Our French Pinot Noir clones from the Kreuz site produce an intense, spicy herbal red wine. Partial maturation in new barrique encourages greater depth and power. Kreuz Spätburgunders show best after a minimum of 10 years in the bottle.