Domaines Schlumberger Gewurztraminer Grand Cru Kitterlé
With a single holding of more than 330 acres at Guebwiller, Domaines Schlumberger is the largest Grands Crus producer in Alsace. All Schlumberger wines are estate-grown. Seventy-five percent of the vines are planted on very steep, terraced slopes, requiring horses be used for fieldwork.
The outstanding quality of the wines is due largely to Schlumberger’s superior vineyards, but also because yields are deliberately kept low. The winery produces only 80,000 cases annually, while the law allows for up to 160,000.
First distinguished in 1699, Kitterlé has always had an exceptional reputation. Already protected in the Middle Ages, it has been sold under its own name since 1830.
Manual harvest, whole grape pressing followed by static racking. Fermentation in thermo‐regulated tuns for one to four months. Maturation on fine lees for eight months. Bottled in April 2012.
The robe is a lily flower yellow with buttercup reflections. The disc is fatty, the legs are generous. A slightly oily appearance immediately leaves the impression of a concentrated wine. The nose, on first approach, is playful, and aromas of quince preserve dominate, complemented by a fine touch of coriander. The nose suggests a wine affected by noble rot. On the palate, the onset is frank and charming. Freshness is straight and linear adding vigor to a generous and soft fat mouth. A beautiful honeyed sensation blending the flavors of spices like cumin and coriander.
Serve with spicy, sweet and savory dishes. For example, lamb tagine, stir fried foie gras with quince, or mango mousse with liquorice. The suggested serving temperature is 54°F.
Varietals: 100% Gewurztraminer
Wine Alcohol: 11.85%
Titratable Acidity: 3.57 g/l
Residual Sugar: 60.7 g/l