Domaines Schlumberger Gewurztraminer Grand Cru Kessler

Alsace, France

Vintage: 2014 (Current)

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Domaines Schlumberger Gewurztraminer Grand Cru Kessler 2014

Reviews

Wine Enthusiast

94 Points

December 1, 2017, Anne Krebiehl

“A touch of quince plays about the rich notes of peach and tangerine on the nose. An aromatic notion of dark fir honey leads onto a medium-sweet palate of ripe peach, zesty tangerine peel, golden mirabelles and lemon. The citrus elements provide a high-toned brightness that works very well with the sweet juiciness and richness of the palate. On the palate it is the wonderfully aromatic zestiness that lasts and lasts.”

Wine Spectator

92 Points

November 15, 2017, Alison Napjus

“Just off-dry, this rich, silky white is vibrant, with a firm backbone of acidity and a structural frame that allows the flavors of blood orange granita, candied ginger, white peach and smoky mineral to shine through to the lasting finish.”

The Wine Advocate

93 Points

February 28, 2017, Stephan Reinhardt

“Like the corresponding Pinot Gris, the 2014 Gewurztraminer Grand Cru Kessler reflects the suzukii problems of the 2014 vintage on the nose but is also rich and fruit-intense. Round, smooth, elegant and pretty finessed on the palate, this wine does not really shine in the finish. It is well structured and also mineral but suzukii will always be part of this wine.”

Overview

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.

The Domaines Schlumberger Gewurztraminer Grand Cru Kessler originates from the Grand Cru Kessler plot, first distinguished in 1394. Domaines Schlumberger owns 22 hectares of the 29-hectare plot, which lies on a bedrock of Vosges sandstone. A limestone outcrop gives the soil a clay character.

Winemaking

Whole grape pressing, static racking as well as fermentation in thermo controlled tuns for one to four months. Aging on fine lees for eight months.

Tasting Notes

The robe is golden yellow with light reflections and of good intensity. Dominated by complex exotic scents: passionfruit, mango, papaya, yellow peach. The airing enhances the previous scents and reveals spices, Sichuan  pepper, flowers, peony  and fine notes of honey. The nose presents a very interesting complexity. The onset in the mouth is ample, dense, marrowy. The wine evolves on a medium of  marked vivacity, with a sparkling note, and expresses a superb aromatic scent while remaining elegant. 

Food Pairing

This wine can be highlighted by Creole cuisine, shrimp cooked in spicy coconut milk, lobster accras with ginger or marinated chicken with coriander. Fantastic with a British washed-­rind soft cheese. Serve at 53°F.

Technical Information

Varietals: 100% Gewurztraminer

Wine Alcohol: 12.49%

Titratable Acidity: 4.04 g/L

Residual Sugar: 44.4 gr/L