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 picked by hand and a pressing of the whole bunches follows. The must is left in the tank for static settling. The wine is cold-fermented in temperature controlled tanks. After fermentation, the juice remains in stainless steel tanks for a further 8-month period before bottling and spends a further month in bottle before release.
2012 was a successful vintage in Alsace thanks to a warm August and a cool, dry September which kept the vineyards free of disease. The Crémants, Pinots Noir and Gris, and Gewurztraminers were all particularly successful.
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.
Wine Enthusiast – Anne Krebiehl MW – April 01, 2016
92 Points “Earthy notes are mixed into the perfume of fleshy, ripe apricots, edged with baking spice. The palate plays on the same register of ripe stone fruit tempered by spice, earth and dried orange peel. This is dry and slender but incisive and concentrated—very grown up and appealing in a restrained, elegant fashion. The finish is clean and long.”
AOC Alsace Grand Cru