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 classic range is named after the Abbot Princes of Murbach, who preserved the vineyards for over 1000 years. The grapes come from the locality of Schimberg situated in the valley of Guebwiller, on volcanic subsoil, benefitting from a south facing exposure. It is often considered as corresponding to a Bordeaux “2nd” wine.
The grapes are hand-picked and whole bunches are pressed. There is static settling of the lees. The wine is fermented in temperature controlled tuns 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 seven months before bottling. After bottling, the wine spends a further month in bottle before release.
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.
Serve with terrine and pâté or poultry.
Serve at 12°C. Drink now up to 2018.
James Suckling: 92 Points
100% Pinot Gris