Domaines Schlumberger Gewurztraminer Cuvée Anne
With a single holding of more than 330 acres in Guebwiller, Domaines Schlumberger is the largest Grands Crus producer in Alsace. All Schlumberger wines are estate-grown. Because of the aridity and steepness of the domains, the yields are about 50 percent of the average for the appellation of Alsace. The resulting grapes are very high quality and have exceptional flavor concentration.
For over 200 years, the Schlumberger family has devoted itself to farming the vineyards with passion, dedication and respect to the environment.
The Domaines Schlumberger Gewurztraminer Cuvée Anne originates from the Grand Cru Kessler plot, first distinguished in 1394. Domaines Schlumberger owns 22 hectares of the 29-hectare plot, which lies on a bedrock of Vosges sandstone. A limestone outcrop gives the soil a clay character.
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 Vendanges Tardives, this wine is sweet with a good natural acidity leaving a crisp and fresh finish.
Handpicked on steep slopes, the grapes were then carried in crates to the winery and then slowly pressed. After letting the must settle statically for about three days, the perfectly clear juice was put in tuns (where the temperature was rigorously controlled) to ferment. Fermentation lasted between one and three months until spring. The wines were stabilized, filtered and then bottled the following spring.
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 aging potential.
The robe is a deep golden yellow with topaz reflections of a great intensity. The disk is bright and limpid. The wine has a youthful quality. The nose is pleasant, frank, with candied scents, fruity, peach, pear, exotic fruits, caramel, lemongrass, citrus fruits, and honey. The whole is enhanced with aeration. The nose is remarkable through its complexity and the depth of character of the vine. The onset in the mouth is ample, rich and marrowy. The alcoholic base is full-bodied. The range of flavors is complex, fruity, lemon, citrus fruits, pear, caramel.
Pair it with Tarte Tatin at the suggested serving temperature of 52°F.
Varietals: 100% Gewurztraminer
Wine Alcohol: 14.71%
Titratable Acidity: 3.54 g/L
Residual Sugar: 94 g/L
Suggested Retail Price: $91.00