Domaines Schlumberger Cuvée Anne
With a single holding of more than 330 acres at Guebwiller, Domaines Schlumberger is the largest Grands Crus producer in Alsace. All Schlumberger wines are estate-grown. Seventy five percent of the vines are planted on very steep, terraced slopes, requiring that horses be used for fieldwork. The outstanding quality of the wines is due largely to Schlumberger’s superior vineyards, but also because yields are deliberately kept low. The winery produces only 80,000 cases annually, while the law allows for up to 160,000. Domaines Schlumberger wines are fermented in old wooden cask and then transferred to stainless steel tanks where they are kept for 12-18 months. After bottling, the wines are aged four to six months before being sold. Because Schlumberger tends to release its vintages late, the wines are able to reach full potential before going to market.
The Sélections de Grains Nobles come from old vines. The grapes are collected when overripe, several weeks after the main harvest. More concentrated than the Late Harvest, this wine is sweet with a good natural acidity leaving a crisp and fresh finish. The Cuvée Anne is a rare wine that is only produced every seven years on average or when the viticultural conditions are optimal. The 2000 vintage is astonishingly elegant, and revives the tradition of the domaine’s fine sweet wines. Botrytis leaves its mark very discreetly and promises to make the wine age slowly and have very good ageing potential.
Suggested Retail Price: $91.00