J. Leitz

Johannes Leitz is a man on a mission. Ever since starting in 1985, he's traveled extensively in the quest for perfection in his wines, not least to Meursault, with which his home town Rudesheim, is coincidentally twinned.

On his return home, the '90s witnessed a new Leitz, one seeking long fermentations made possible by natural yeasts which give the wines great longevity & character, with fermentations generally rolling on until March the following year. At the same time the realisation dawned that great wine is made in the vineyard, calling for a biological hand among the vines.

The domaine is currently 18 hectares large, averaging 30 year old vines covering some of the most perfectly placed, as well as precipitous vineyards on the Rhine's Rudesehimer bend, opposite the mouth of the River Nahe. Here the the vineyards are warmer than those in the Mosel valley, with mid-slope sites most prized, while dense forests help protect the vines from the coldest continental winters.

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