Now run by the 6th and 7th generations, Domaines Schlumberger was founded in 1810 by Nicolas Schlumberger, who established vineyards on the renowned slopes above the town of Guebwiller. These vineyard sites have a history of viticulture, having been planted since 207AD. Through successive generations the holding has grown to be one of France’s largest and finest domaines.
Domaines Schlumberger now own 130 hectares of vineyards, 70 of which are Grand Cru. The grapes for the Clarisse come from the east facing Spiegel plot, which extends halfway up the slope with sandy-clay soil on a marl-sandstone bedrock. Spiegel produces charming, feminine Pinot Gris.
The vines were carefully tended from their winter pruning until harvest carried out on 13th October. Hand-harvested, the grapes are then transported in small crates (to prevent the berries from getting crushed) to the winery where they are then slowly pressed. After static settling for about three days, the juice is transferred to tuns for fermentation, which takes place at strictly controlled, cool temperatures for one to three months. The wine is then stabilised, filtered and then bottled in April.
The Sélections de Grains Nobles (an appellation since 1984) are wines, made from over-ripe grapes from old vines picked several weeks after harvest. More concentrated than the Vendanges Tardives, they are fine sweet wines, which keep a freshness and natural acidity and a unique flavour. Bearing the name of family members, these wines are exclusively produced in vintage years.
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.
Serve with fruit desserts or simply by itself as a meditation wine.
Serve at 12°C-15°C
AOC Alsace Sélections de Grains Nobles
100% Pinot Gris