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 Kitterlé vineyard covers 25 hectares with sandy soil resting on a bedrock of pink sandstone and volcanic rock. The steeply sloping stone-walled terraces have three different exposures south-west, south and south-east allowing optimum ripeness to be achieved producing rich, refined wines. Yields are 25 hl/ha.
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 in March. After bottling, the wine spends a further month in bottle before release.
Spring was sunny and warm with flowering starting 3 weeks earlier than a “normal” year. Summer was relatively cool and wet. However, throughout harvest, sunny days persisted with temperatures of 26 °C. The Kitterlé Pinot Gris grapes were harvested on 8th October 2007. Although yields were relatively low following a poor start to the growing season, the results were exceptional thanks to the autumn sun. The dry whites are very well balanced with a beautiful structure of freshness and fruitiness. The mellow whites have a much greater aromatic complexity, richness and length.
Golden yellow with copper hues. Intense perfumes of honey, apricots and acacia with slightly smoky notes. In the mouth, the onset is full-bodied and soft, but good freshness and a saline character. Extremely complex and expressive, this wine finishes long.
Serve with with foie gras, fish, pork, spicy dishes, duck, game, cheese, desserts (except chocolate).
Serve at 12°C
AOC Alsace Grand Cru
100% Pinot Gris