Domaines Schlumberger Gewurztraminer ‘Les Princes Abbes’ 2017

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 classic range is named after the Abbot Princes of Murbach, who preserved the vineyards for over a 1000 years. The grapes come from the localities of Bollenberg and Bux as well as from the young vines from the Kessler and Kitterlé Grand Cru vineyards. It is often considered as corresponding to a Bordeaux “2nd” wine.

Winemaking

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.

Tasting Note

Pale yellow with green hues. The nose is bursting with a plethora of expressive notes such as grapefruit, passion fruit, papaya, spices and ginger which follow to the palate. Ripe and opulent, the onset in the mouth is full-bodied and fleshy with finesse. Persistent finish.

Food Pairing

Hash brown potatoes, a shrimp curry with coconut milk, a cumin poultry fricassee with mustard sauce or a soft and washed-rind cheese.

Serving Suggestion

Serve at 12°C.

AOC Alsace
100% Gewurztraminer
Natural Cork
13 %
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