Niederhäuser ROSSEL MONOPOL
The story of the In der Rossel site is genuinely complex, but no less interesting for that.
“In der Rossel” used to be the name of a “Gewann” (a parcel within a site), but with the introduction of the 1971 wine law it was forbidden to use such names on wine labels, and it was replaced by the site name Kertz. However, more recently the Kertz site was completely integrated into the Klamm site.
That created a serious contradiction, because, as experts are well aware, the original Klamm site has a clay-slate soil and gives wines of a corresponding type. In contrast, our parcel In der Rossel has a soil primarily composed of volcanic rhyolite and therefore gives very different wines. For us, that’s not a detail, our philosophy being that every wine should reflect the geology and soil of the site where it grew. Thankfully, it is now legal to use the Gewann names once again, so we can begin using the name In der Rossel.
Currently, the best from the three old terraces in this site forms the base for our seriously elegant vineyard cuvee “Steinterrassen” and the wine from the younger vines in the lower section of the site go into our new 7 Terroirs.