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.
Grapes are fermented in thermocontrolled tuns for one to four months. The wine is then aged on the lees for eight months.
A cool August made 2014 a challenging, high-acid vintage for Alsace.
Bright, golden yellow in colour with perfumes of peaches and rose petals. Spicy with aromas of saffron and white pepper, as well as exotic fruit flavours such as mango. This wines is rich and honeyed with great complexity and a fleshy mouthfeel.
Serve with roast goose or turkey, red pepper dishes, curry or even lamb chops.
“Intensely spiced and perfumed and a touch of honey. Rich, sweet and viscous, filling the mouth with scent. Not sure when you would drink this but it is very expressive and perfumed and just enough acidity to balance. Drink 2017-2020“, Julia Harding MW
AOC Alsace Grand Cru