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 Kessler vineyard has pink sandstone soil and faces east, south-east, which protects it from north winds and cold air streams brought by the valley of Guebwiller. Yields are 35 hl/ha. Kessler produces structured and elegant wines.
The grapes are hand-picked and whole bunches are pressed. There is static settling of the lees. The wine is fermented in temperature controlled at cool temperatures to nurture the aromatic compounds in the grapes. After fermentation, the juice remains in stainless steel tanks on its lees for a further 8 months before bottling on 8th March 2011.
After good weather over the summer months, without extreme temperatures, the pre-harvest conditions were ideal with clear and sunny days and cool nights. 2008 was a classic vintage, the hallmark being wines of structure created by high levels of tartaric acid.
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.
Serve with white meats such as roast turkey, pork, chicken with tarragon or veal escalope.
Serve at 12°C
AOC Alsace Grand Cru
100% Pinot Gris