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Forstmeister Geltz Zilliken Saarburg (Saar)


Size: 12 hectares

Production: 60,000 bottles

Grapes varieties: Riesling


Dorothee Zilliken took over the running of this venerable estate in 2016, the 11th generation to do so. The majority of the 12-hectare estate is in the Rausch, climbing an impossibly steep hill directly above the town centre. The soil is slate dotted with quartz and pockets of basalt, and its southern exposure ensures it gets a lot of sun. Low yields and painstaking vineyard work, combined with fermentation in old oak casks in a very cool cellar, give a stunning range of classic Saar wines that can take many years to reach their full potential.

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