The Terroirs

The area



In a region that is much admired for the charm and authentic character of its gently undulating hills, the Luxembourg vineyards belong to one of the most northerly and oldest wine growing regions of Europe.


Situated on the slopes running down to the Moselle river which acts as a natural border between Luxembourg and Germany, the vineyards lie in a gentle micro-climate influenced by the river and an ideal south-westerly orientation. They strech over 42 km (26 miles) from Wasserbillig to the eponymous Schengen of European fame.



The 1235 hectares (3052 acres) of vines are divided into two areas: the canton of Remich with deep, rich soils and that of Grevenmacher, on slowly eroding clay soils. The former produces generous and fleshy wines; the latter is distinguished by the mineral character of the wines and their finesse.

The Appellations d'Origine Contrôlée - Moselle Luxembourgeoise



Grape varieties
The wines are generally of a single grape variety, primarily:
Elbling and Rivaner
Auxerrois, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Riesling and Gewurztraminer
Since the end of the eighties, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay have completed the list.



Classification

All Luxembourg wines have to pass an organoleptic check carried out by an official commission to obtain the "Marque Nationale". This enables them to acquire the Appellation Moselle Luxembourgeoise and, if appropriate, the mention of "1er" or "Grand 1er Cru". The minimum standard for "Clos des Rochers" wines is "Grand 1er Cru".



Domaine and tradition
Founded in 1989, this association of 7 prestigious Luxembourg wine estates aims to promote the production of high quality wines in Luxembourg and to ensure their recognition both within the country and outside its borders.


The Domaine "Clos des Rochers" was one of the founding members of this important association and its entire production abides by its rules.


Luxembourg Crémants



The appellation "Crémant du Luxembourg" was created in 1991 and provided an opportunity for the Domaine to extend its range and to become equally renowned for its production of sparkling wines.


From the outset, the annual production of some 25000 bottles, resulting from a blend of Pinot Blanc and Riesling grapes or Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, obtained gold medals nearly every year.



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