Domaines Schlumberger Cuvée Clarisse Pinot Gris
Vintage: 1999 (Current) | 2000 (Pending)
February 1, 2006, R.V.
“A pure, beautifully structured wine, with layers of dry botrytis delicately poised over mangoes and spice. Intriguing because it is both sweet and dry at the same time, a great balancing act, and it manages to retain varietal character, hard to do with sweet wines.”
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 steep terraced slopes, requiring horses for fieldwork. The outstanding quality of the wines is due largely to Schlumberger’s superior vineyards and 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 tuns and then transferred to stainless steel tanks where they are kept for 12-18 months. After bottling, the wines are aged 4-6 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, and are more concentrated than the Late Harvest. This is a sweet, yet fresh wine, with a good natural acidity.
The 1998 Cuvée Clarisse is vigorous, powerful, balanced, and has beautiful structure. The wine is a sumptuous gold color. At first, one can detect notes of exotic fruit (pineapple, papaya). The wine becomes more complex when given some air and the characteristics of the terroir become apparent. Full, smooth and very elegant on the palate. the notes of noble rot mingle and complement the exotic fragrance perfectly. The wine is well balanced and the very long finish has a freshness rarely found in a Pinot Gris. A tempting, fresh and sometimes soft wine, Cuvée Clarisse ages well and retains its floral aroma.
Wine Alcohol: 12.7%
Titratable Acidity: Sulfuric Acidity: 4.6 g/l Tartaric Acidity: 7.1 g/l
Residual Sugar: 67 g/l
Suggested Retail Price: $85.00