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.
Domaines Schlumberger wines are fermented in old wooden vats and then transferred to stainless steel tanks where they are kept for 12 to 18 months. After bottling, the wines are aged 4 to 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 wine is a deep golden yellow in color, with intense brown reflections. The nose is pleasant, frank and evokes candied scents, including honey, candied fruits, apricots, cooked apples, and caramel. The range of complex flavors — caramel, toast, candied fruits, apricots and honey — is simply splendid. With its highly precise elaboration, this wine requires 10 years of aging.
This wine pairs well with blue cheese, honey and ice cream with nuts. The suggested serving temperature is 50°F.
Wine Alcohol: 14.5%
Residual Sugar: 154 g/l