Domaines Schlumberger Gewurztraminer Cuvée Christine Vendanges Tardives
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.
Christine Schlumberger (1894-1971) oversaw the management of Domaines Schlumberger for over twenty years. Vendanges Tardives (late harvest) are wines crafted with overly mature grapes several weeks after the harvest. Contrary to certain types of sweet wines, they maintain a freshness and natural acidity with a flavor that is unique in the world.
After manual harvest, the grapes are transported in small crates (to prevent the berries from getting crushed) to the winery where they are slowly pressed. After racking for about three days, the perfectly clear juices are put to ferment in tuns where the temperature is strictly controlled. Fermentation lasts from one to three months until spring. The wines are then stabilized, filtered and bottled.
The robe is a golden yellow, with green reflections, of beautiful intensity. The disk is bright, limpid, transparent. The nose is frank, pleasant, and intense, with over-ripe, exotic scents, mango, passion fruit, citrus fruit, grapefruit and a fine underlying floral note. The heady nose renders the superb quality of the grapes. The onset in the mouth is ample, dense, fleshy. One can feel a hint of bitterness. 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.
Pairs beautifully with very flavored dishes, like a lobster gratin with cumin, wild shrimp brochettes with ginger, a blue cheese such as Roquefort, and citrus. The suggested serving temperature is 53°F.
Varietals: 100% Gewurztraminer
Wine Alcohol: 12.77%
Titratable Acidity: 3.35 g/L
Residual Sugar: 67.4 g/L