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Domaines Schlumberger

Family vignerons and winemakers since 1810

A grand family

Domaines Schlumberger was founded in 1810 by Nicolas Schlumberger, who established vineyards on the renowned slopes above the town of Guebwiller. These vineyard sites, now run by the 6th and 7th generations, have a remarkably long history of viticulture, having been planted since 207AD. Through successive generations the Schlumberger holding has grown to be one of France’s largest and finest domaines. Schlumberger now own 130 hectares of vineyards, 70 of which are qualified as Grand Cru. This makes them not only the largest owner of vineyards in Alsace, but also the largest owner of Grand Cru in the region. Today Alain Beydon-Schlumberger runs the winery together with nephew, Thomas and niece, Séverine.

Vineyards 

The vineyards include four Grand Cru sites which contribute to more than 50% of total production. Yields are kept deliberately low, with a clear focus on producing top quality wines with optimum purity of fruit. It is often a necessity on the steeper slopes of light, sandy soil which can be as much as 60 degrees gradient. The vines are horizontally planted in rows, protected by 50 kilometres of dry-stone walls to prevent soil erosion. The vineyards have ideal exposure (south to south east) and a cooling breeze, allowing the organically farmed grapes, to reach optimum maturity.

Grand Cru Range

The terraced slopes of Grand Cru Kitterlé (known as The Calf Breaker, due to its steep slopes that can reach 50 °) face south-west, south and south-east and are situated on volcanic-sandy soils permitting limited yields of only 25hl/ha. The resultant concentration of flavours is staggering and the wines have a mineral quality, fine acidity and exceptional ageing potential.

Grand Cru Kessler (The Small Basin) faces south-east and, as its name suggests, has a valley-like depression at its center which shelters the vines from the north winds and cold draughts. With slightly richer clay soils, its unique microclimate and yields of just 30hl/ha, it gives generally quite supple and well balanced wines with pronounced floral aromas.

To the north-east of Guebwiller, the Grand Cru Saering (The Sea Ring, as the area was covered by sea) vineyard faces south-east to east. With a subsoil of sandstone pebbles interspersed with layers of marl, deeper deposits of clay, heavy sandy marl and rocks, the site is ideal for Riesling. Yields of around 30hl/ha produce wines that are typically floral with pronounced fruit flavours on the palate and the driest character of all the Grand Crus.

Les Princes Abbés

Named after the Prince Abbots who owned the vineyard from the 9th to the 18th century, the classic range blend includes fruit from the young Grand Cru vines. With the focus on the expression of classic varietal characteristics, similar to the second wines of the great châteaux of Bordeaux, Les Princes Abbés range delivers a taste of Grand Cru wines at an everyday approachable style.

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Pinot Blanc 'Les Princes Abbes' 2015 — Domaines Schlumberger

Pinot Blanc 'Les Princes Abbes' 2015

AOC Alsace

30% Pinot Blanc
70% Auxerrois

Tasting note

Pale golden yellow with notes of citrus and yellow fruit. On the palate, this wine is crisp but with good weight, it is nicely balanced and finishes dry.

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Pinot Blanc 'Les Princes Abbes' 2014 — Domaines Schlumberger

Pinot Blanc 'Les Princes Abbes' 2014

AOC Alsace

30% Pinot Blanc
70% Auxerrois

Tasting note

Pale golden yellow with notes of citrus and yellow fruit. On the palate, this wine is crisp but with good weight, it is nicely balanced and finishes dry.

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Riesling 'Les Princes Abbes' 2014 — Domaines Schlumberger

Riesling 'Les Princes Abbes' 2014

AOC Alsace

100% Riesling

Tasting note

Pale yellow with green hues. Aromas of citrus fruits, lemon and a fine touch of spice and ginger which follow to the palate. This wine is lively, medium-bodied with an attractive underlying mineral touch.

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Riesling 'Les Princes Abbes' 2013 — Domaines Schlumberger

Riesling 'Les Princes Abbes' 2013

AOC Alsace

100% Riesling

Tasting note

Pale yellow with green hues. Aromas of citrus fruits, lemon and a fine touch of spice and ginger which follow to the palate. This wine is lively, medium-bodied with an attractive underlying mineral touch.

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Pinot Gris 'Les Princes Abbes' 2015 — Domaines Schlumberger

Pinot Gris 'Les Princes Abbes' 2015

AOC Alsace

100% Pinot Gris

Tasting note

Golden yellow in colour with hints of green, this Pinot Gris offers a bouquet of ripe fruit and fruit compote, with notes of apricot and honey of flowers. On the palate the wine is soft and fleshy with a slight roundness. The finish is fresh, well-balanced and pure.

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Gewurztraminer 'Les Princes Abbes' 2015 — Domaines Schlumberger

Gewurztraminer 'Les Princes Abbes' 2015

AOC Alsace

100% Gewurztraminer

Tasting note

Pale yellow with green hues. Floral notes; peony, rose, spice, cumin and candied ginger and exotic fruits such as lychee which follow to the palate. Ripe and opulent, the onset in the mouth is full-bodied and fleshy with finesse. Persistent finish.

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Gewurztraminer 'Les Princes Abbes' 2014 — Domaines Schlumberger

Gewurztraminer 'Les Princes Abbes' 2014

AOC Alsace

100% Gewurztraminer

Tasting note

Pale yellow with green hues. Floral notes; peony, rose, spice, cumin and candied ginger and exotic fruits such as lychee which follow to the palate. Ripe and opulent, the onset in the mouth is full-bodied and fleshy with finesse. Persistent finish.

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Riesling ‘Saering’ 2014 — Domaines Schlumberger

Riesling ‘Saering’ 2014

AOC Alsace Grand Cru

100% Riesling

Tasting note

Golden in colour with green hues, with aromas of lime, camomile, stone fruits and a hint of white pepper. Zippy, mineral and dry.

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Riesling ‘Saering’ 2013 — Domaines Schlumberger

Riesling ‘Saering’ 2013

AOC Alsace Grand Cru

100% Riesling

Tasting note

Golden in colour with green hues, with aromas of lime, camomile, stone fruits and a hint of white pepper. Zippy, mineral and dry.

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Riesling ‘Saering’ 2012 — Domaines Schlumberger

Riesling ‘Saering’ 2012

AOC Alsace Grand Cru

100% Riesling

Tasting note

Golden in colour with green hues. Aromas of citrus in particular lime, camomile and stone fruits with a touch of white pepper. On the palate, the Saering displays great freshness and purity with a zippy grapefruit character, excellent minerality and finishes dry.

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Pinot Gris 'Kessler' 2012 — Domaines Schlumberger

Pinot Gris 'Kessler' 2012

AOC Alsace Grand Cru

100% Pinot Gris

Tasting note

Pale yellow with reflections of white gold. Notes of exotic fruits such as mango and pineapple and stone fruit complemented by a touch of anise, providing freshness. Beautiful concentration on the palate with some additional herbal notes and white pepper on the long finish.

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Riesling 'Kitterlé' 2010 — Domaines Schlumberger

Riesling 'Kitterlé' 2010

AOC Alsace Grand Cru

100% Riesling

Tasting note

Golden yellow in colour with aromas of exotic fruit, flint, floral notes and citrus zest. On the palate, lime and aromatic herbs such a rosemary are notable with an intense mineral finish.

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Riesling 'Kitterlé' 2008 — Domaines Schlumberger

Riesling 'Kitterlé' 2008

AOC Alsace Grand Cru

100% Riesling

Tasting note

Pale golden yellow with aromas of exotic fruit, flint and citrus zest. On the palate, lime and aromatic herbs such a rosemary with an intense mineral finish.

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Pinot Gris 'Kitterlé' 2009 — Domaines Schlumberger

Pinot Gris 'Kitterlé' 2009

AOC Alsace Grand Cru

100% Pinot Gris

Tasting note

Golden yellow in colour with golden inflections. The nose is charming with aromas of cashews, hazelnuts, patisserie, and smoke. On the palate the wine is full bodied and soft with exceptional freshness. The Pinot Gris Grand Cru Kitterlé is extremely complex and rich with a long, refreshing finish.

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Pinot Gris 'Kitterlé' 2008 — Domaines Schlumberger

Pinot Gris 'Kitterlé' 2008

AOC Alsace Grand Cru

100% Pinot Gris

Tasting note

Golden yellow in colour with copper inflections. The nose is intense with aromas of honey, fudge, roasted nuts and smoke. On the palate the wine is full bodied and soft with exceptional freshness. The Pinot Gris Grand Cru Kitterlé is extremely complex and rich with a long, refreshing finish.

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Pinot Gris 'Kessler' 2010 — Domaines Schlumberger

Pinot Gris 'Kessler' 2010

AOC Alsace Grand Cru

100% Pinot Gris

Tasting note

Pale yellow with reflections of white gold. Notes of exotic fruits such as mango and pineapple and stone fruit complemented by a touch of anise, providing freshness. Beautiful concentration on the palate with some additional herbal notes and white pepper on the long finish.

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Gewurztraminer 'Kessler' 2014 — Domaines Schlumberger

Gewurztraminer 'Kessler' 2014

AOC Alsace Grand Cru

100% Gewurztraminer

Tasting note

Bright, golden yellow in colour with perfumes of peaches and rose petals. Spicy with aromas of saffron and white pepper, as well as exotic fruit flavours such as mango. This wines is rich and honeyed with great complexity and a fleshy mouthfeel.

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Gewurztraminer 'Kessler' 2013 — Domaines Schlumberger

Gewurztraminer 'Kessler' 2013

AOC Alsace Grand Cru

100% Gewurztraminer

Tasting note

Bright, golden yellow in colour with perfumes of peaches and rose petals. Spicy with aromas of saffron and white pepper, as well as exotic fruit flavours such as mango. This wines is rich and honeyed with great complexity and a fleshy mouthfeel.

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Gewurztraminer Cuvée Christine 2013 — Domaines Schlumberger

Gewurztraminer Cuvée Christine 2013

AOC Alsace Vendange Tardive

100% Gewurztraminer

Tasting note

Honey yellow with gold hues. Expressive notes of apricots and mirabelles with a hint of spice such as coriander or nutmeg. A complex, generous nose which is reflected on the palate with great concentration and a lingering linear freshness. Mature and spicy, the wine has refreshing acidity on the finish.

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Gewurztraminer Cuvée Christine 2011 — Domaines Schlumberger

Gewurztraminer Cuvée Christine 2011

AOC Alsace Vendange Tardive

100% Gewurztraminer

Tasting note

Honey yellow with gold hues. Expressive notes of apricots and mirabelles with a hint of spice such as coriander or nutmeg. A complex, generous nose which is reflected on the palate with great concentration and a lingering linear freshness. Mature and spicy, the wine has refreshing acidity on the finish.

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Gewurztraminer Cuvée Christine 2008 — Domaines Schlumberger

Gewurztraminer Cuvée Christine 2008

AOC Alsace Vendange Tardive

100% Gewurztraminer

Tasting note

Honey yellow with gold hues. Expressive notes of apricots and mirabelles with a hint of spice such as coriander or nutmeg. A complex, generous nose which is reflected on the palate with great concentration and a lingering linear freshness. Mature and spicy, the wine has refreshing acidity on the finish.

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Gewurztraminer Cuvée Anne 2011 — Domaines Schlumberger

Gewurztraminer Cuvée Anne 2011

AOC Alsace Sélections de Grains Nobles

100% Gewurztraminer

Tasting note

Straw yellow in colour with expressive perfumes of pineapple, papaya and candied fruit with notes of allspice and orange blossom. The palate is full and ripe with a honied richness, which is balanced by a full and well balanced freshness. Flavours of ripe apricot and quince jelly, candied tangerine and peach puree follow. A noble and concentrated palate, with complexity and character.

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Gewurztraminer Cuvée Anne 2009 — Domaines Schlumberger

Gewurztraminer Cuvée Anne 2009

AOC Alsace Sélections de Grains Nobles

100% Gewurztraminer

Tasting note

Straw yellow in colour, expressive perfumes of exotic fruit, pineapple and papaya and candied fruit with notes of allspice and orange blossom providing finesse.  The palate is full and ripe with notable richness, a honeyed sensation, balanced by a full and well balanced freshness. Flavours of ripe apricot and quince jelly, candied tangerine and peach puree follow. A vegetable character then blooms with acacia. A noble and concentrated palate, with complexity and character.

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Pinot Gris Cuvée Clarisse 1998 — Domaines Schlumberger

Pinot Gris Cuvée Clarisse 1998

AOC Alsace Sélections de Grains Nobles

100% Pinot Gris

Tasting note

A magnificent golden colour. Notes of exotic fruit such as pineapple and papaya. The wine becomes more complex and the smoky character appears. It is voluptuous and delightfully smooth on the palate, with ethereal elegance. Notes of noble rot which mingle harmoniously with exotic scents. An impeccably balanced wine with a very long finish which has beautiful freshness (like a noble-rot Riesling) which is very rare for a Pinot Gris. A wine with great ageing potential whose sweetness is not overwhelming – a very fine and elegant wine.

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Pinot Gris Cuvée Clarisse 1997 — Domaines Schlumberger

Pinot Gris Cuvée Clarisse 1997

AOC Alsace Sélections de Grains Nobles

100% Pinot Gris

Tasting note

A magnificent golden colour. Notes of exotic fruit such as pineapple and papaya. The wine becomes more complex and the smoky character appears. It is voluptuous and delightfully smooth on the palate, with ethereal elegance. Notes of noble rot which mingle harmoniously with exotic scents. An impeccably balanced wine with a very long finish which has beautiful freshness (like a noble-rot Riesling) which is very rare for a Pinot Gris. A wine with great ageing potential whose sweetness is not overwhelming – a very fine and elegant wine.

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