Domaines Schlumberger Cuvée Clarisse Pinot Gris
August 22, 2007, Bruce Sanderson
“A lush wine, with mushroom and earth notes accented by apricot jam and dried papaya flavors. The viscous texture and soft structure is held together by a good vein of integrated acidity. Drink now through 2015.”
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.
Late-harvested, Selections de Grains Nobles Pinot Gris wines are sumptuous and improve by becoming finer in time. Cuvée Clarisse is a very rare wine. Before 2000, it was only produced in 1964, 1989, 1997 and 1998.
Cuvée Clarisse 2000 comes from a prime choice of Selections de Grains Nobles wines produced in 2000.
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 robe is a deep golden yellow with brown reflections of a great intensity. The disk is bright and limpid. The wine presents a beautiful evolution. The nose is pleasant, frank and displays a dominant of candied scents. Botrytis, honey, polish, toasted, empyreumatic, candied fruits, apricot, cooked apples, caramel. Aeration enhances the whole and reveals spices. The onset in the mouth is ample and liquorish. The alcoholic base is well balanced. Evolves on a sharp and precise medium that refreshes and refines the structure. The range of complex flavors, caramel, toast, candied fruits, apricots, honey is quite simply splendid. The finish has a beautiful length and a frank vivacity. The mouth is suave, exhilarating but maintains freshness.
To be appreciated with cheeses or a honey and nut ice cream. The suggested serving temperature is 54°F.
Wine Alcohol: 14.26%
Titratable Acidity: 3.96 g/L
Residual Sugar: 154 g/L