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Domaines Schlumberger Pinot Gris Grand Cru ‘Kitterlé’ 2008

Producer Information

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.

Vineyards

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.

Winemaking

The Pinot Gris was hand harvested in wooden crates. Grapes are fermented in thermo-regulated tuns for one to four months and matured on the lees for eight months.

Vintage Information

After good weather over the summer months, 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.

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.

Food Pairing

Delicious with poultry dishes such as guinea fowl in morel sauce with chopped hazelnuts and pear, as well as with cheeses such as Comté or Beaufort.

AOC Alsace Grand Cru
100% Pinot Gris
Natural Cork
13%

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