Domaines Schlumberger Gewurztraminer Cuvée Christine Vendanges Tardives
Vintage: 2012 (Current) | 2013 (Pending)
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) looked 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.
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