Domaines Schlumberger Gewurztraminer Cuvée Christine Vendanges Tardives

Alsace, France

Vintage: 2012 (Current) | 2013 (Pending)

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Domaines Schlumberger Gewurztraminer Cuvée Christine Vendanges Tardives 2012

Overview

Christine Schlumberger (1894-1971) looked with talent and firmness after the management of Domaines Schlumberger during nearly twenty years.The Late Harvest (Vendanges Tardives - appellation since 1984) are wines harvested in overmuturity, several weeks after the harvest. Contrary to certain types of sweet wines, they maintain a freshness and natural acidity with a flavour that is unique in the world.

Winemaking

Harvested manually from our steep vineyards, the grapes are then transported in small crates (to prevent the berries from getting crushed) to our winery where they are then slowly pressed. After racking for about 3 days, the perfectly clear juices are put to ferment in tuns where the temperature is strictly controlled. Fermentation last from 1 to 3 months until spring. The wines are then stabilised, filtered and then bottled.

Tasting Notes

The robe is a golden yellow, with green reflections, of beautiful intensity. The disk is bright, limpid, transparent. The wine shows a radiant youth. The nose is frank, pleasant, intense. One perceives a dominance of racy, over-ripe, exotic scents, mango, passion fruit, citrus fruit, grapefruit and a fine underlying floral note. Airing enhances the previous aromas and reveals banana, lychee, peony and a spiced candied ginger character. The heady nose renders the superb quality of the grapes. Very beautiful work !!! The onset in the mouth is ample, dense, fleshy. Mellow. The alcohol support is balanced. One evolves on a medium with a frank vivacity marked by a sparkling note. The range of aromas is reminiscent of the nose, dominated by exotic fruits, lychee, banana, mango, citrus fruits, grapefruit, as well as spices, candied ginger and peony. One can feel a hint of bitterness. The finish has a beautiful length, 9-10 caudalies and a fine, persistent vivacity. The balance of this wine is rich, but without being heavy. It caresses the palate and rouses it with its complex, extrovert, exuberant range of aromas, a very beautiful success.

Technical Information

Varietals: 100% Gewurztraminer

Wine Alcohol: 12.77%

Titratable Acidity: 3.35 g/l

Residual Sugar: 67.4 g/l