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 Saering vineyard faces east and south-east at an altitude of 260 -300 metres above sea level. The soil is comprised of marl/limestone/sandstone resulting in a delicate Riesling. Yields are 45 hl/ha.
The grapes are hand-picked and whole bunches are pressed. There is static settling of the lees. The wine is cooled fermented in temperature controlled tuns. After fermentation, the juice is remains in stainless steel tanks for a further 8 months before bottling. After bottling, the wine spends a further month in bottle before release.
“2010 is a vintage which taught us to never give up! When we had the most difficult weather conditions during spring and summer, and thought our vintage was looking horrific, a weather change the 15th September transformed the situation into gold. After 4 years we are confident to say that it will be a long lasting vintage, that will only get better in the future!”
Golden in colour with green hues. Aromas of citrus in particular lime, camomile and stone fruits with a touch of white pepper. On the palate, the Saering displays great freshness and purity with a zippy grapefruit character, excellent minerality and finishes dry.
Serve with seafood, sole or flat white fish. Also an excellent aperitif and with charcuterie.
Serve at 12°C.
AOC Alsace Grand Cru