Domaines Schlumberger Gewurztraminer Cuvée Christine Vendanges Tardives
Wine & Spirits
December 2016, Joshua Greene
“The Schlumbergers own most of the Kessler grand cru, an east-facing sandstone hillside where they grow this fragrant, rosy, late-harvest gewurztraminer. While you can feel the richness from the residual sugar in this wine, it doesn’t taste sweet. Instead it tastes like perfectly ripe fruit, the flavors evolving from peach to apricot nectar as they last. There’s some nerve and tension to the wine, expressed in herbal notes of rosemary and the mineral feel of the acidity, wrapping the flavors into a sphere. Pretty delicious.”
October 31, 2016, Alison Napjus
“Creamy honey, exotic spice, white peach puree and lychee flavors are set in a finely knit, silky frame. Vibrant acidity creates a mouthwatering impression, with hints of candied orange zest, mineral and grated ginger lingering on the lasting finish.”
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.
Gewurztraminer Vendanges Tardives comes exclusively from Domaines Schlumberger's Grand Cru Kessler vineyard.
Handpicked on steep slopes, the grapes were then carried in crates to the winery and then slowly pressed. After racking 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 robe is a light gold yellow, with green reflections of average intensity. The disk is limpid, bright, and transparent. The wine shows a beautiful youth. The nose is frank, pleasant, of good intensity, with candied, exotic scents, mango, passion fruit, lychee, citrus fruits, grapefruit, flowers, violet, peony. Airing enhances the previous aromas and reveals spices, Sichuan pepper, candied ginger and rose. Very beautiful varietal definition. The health of the grapes and the control of the over ripeness are exemplary.
Pairs beautifully with blue cheeses like Roquefort. It is ideal with dessert and citrus. The suggested serving temperature is 53°F.
Varietals: 100% Gewurztraminer
Wine Alcohol: 12.38%
Titratable Acidity: 3.43 g/L
Residual Sugar: 103.9 g/L