Domaines Schlumberger Pinot Gris Grand Cru Kessler
November 15, 2015, Alison Napjus
“Hints of truffle and smoke herald this rich, mouthwatering white. The expressive palate is finely meshed and smoky, with flavors of baked nectarine, spun honey, dried guava and verbena. Presents a sleek, citrusy finish. Drink now through 2030. 15 cases imported.”
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.
Distinguished right from 1394, Kessler has been sold under its own name since 1830. 22 hectares of the 29-hectare plot belong to the Schlumberger family.
The Domaines Schlumberger Pinot Gris Grand Cru Kessler comes from the Grand Cru Kessler plot, which lies on sandstone soil and has a small valley that shelters it from the north winds and cold airstreams.
The grapes were picked by hand and whole bunches were pressed. The lees were static-settled and the wine was fermented in temperature-controlled tuns from one to four months. The wine was raised on the lees for eight months.
The color is sustained golden yellow with light green reflections, of good intensity. The disk is bright, limpid and transparent. The nose is marked and pleasant, with a deep intensity and candied fragrances such as chestnut honey, quince jelly. Very complex, the range of aromas hints to a beautiful mellow character. The onset in the mouth is dense, fleshy and mellow. The balance of the wine is rich and mellow with excellent botrytis.
This wine pairs beautifully with with spicy dishes such as Creole cuisine. Pair it with crab fritters, chicken curry tagine or blue cheese. The suggested serving temperature is 53°F.
Varietals: 100% Pinot Gris
Wine Alcohol: 13.5%
Titratable Acidity: 4.06 g/L
Bottling Date: March 8, 2011
Suggested Retail Price: $30.00