The Ratzenberger family moved to the Mittelrhein from East Germany in the 1950s, and young Jochen Ratzenberger first began to make wine in 1994. The 8-hectare estate, west and north of the town of Bacharach, includes holdings in the three steep vineyards of blue-black Devon slate: Steeger St. Jost, Posten, and Wolfshöhle. This hand-disgorged Jahrgangs und Lagensekt is produced primarily from grapes grown on the Bacharacher Kloster Furstental, a steep hillside vineyard located south of the town. The Furstental delivers steely, firm, age-worthy sparkling wine with some surprising floral delicacy, complex minerality, and a refined, lingering finish. Supremely good with crab salad, walnut oil dressings and smoked fish.