The Bernkasteler Lay, or The Slate of Bernkastel vineyard is situated around the Dr. Loosen estate house, directly along the Mosel, just outside the village of Bernkastel. As the name indicates, the soil is predominantly blue slate, but it is heavier and deeper than the soil in the neighboring villages. This site has a gentler slope than the estate's other vineyards, and the grapes are hand selected, early in harvest to guarantee delicacy and no exposure to botrytis. The grapes undergo sool fermentation in a combination of stainless steel tanks and Fuder barrels. Half are fermented with natural yeasts, and the other half with cultured yeasts.
Aromatically the wine gently lifts from the glass with notes of candied green apples, fresh mint, and a chalky minerality. The palate is ripe with clementines, peaches, sea salt and honeyed lemons.