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 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.
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.
“Lower yields than 2009, by about 20% overall. Quality is heterogenous thanks to some chaotic weather patterns, meaning that selectivity is the key to finding the best wines.” www.jancisrobinson.com
Golden yellow in colour with golden inflections. The nose is charming with aromas of cashews, hazelnuts, patisserie, 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.
Delicious with dishes such as honey glazed pork, beef cheek served with prunes, or cheeses such as Comté or Beaufort.
Serve at 12°C
AOC Alsace Grand Cru
100% Pinot Gris