Domaines Schlumberger Pinot Gris Grand Cru Kitterlé
The Wine Advocate
September 30, 2015, Stephan Reinhardt
“The dark orange-golden colored 2010 Pinot Gris Grand Cru Kitterlé reflects the small crop of the vintage and offers a concentrated and very spicy bouquet of white pepper, cacao, tobacco, orange zests and tangerine. Rich, dense, honey-sweet and highly elegant on the palate this is a well-structured and lovely piquant Pinot with a long and grippy finish. With 52 grams per liter of residual sugar this moelleux is on (or beyond) the border to sweet though the sugar is perfectly integrated. Drink this excellent Pinot Gris over the next 15+ years.”
International Wine Cellar
September 30, 2015, Ian d’Agata
“Gold-tinged yellow. Nuanced nose offers scents of tangerine, peach, ginger, smoke and floral honey. Rich and round in the mouth, with silky-sweet, suave stone fruit flavors complicated by a repeating smoky note. Finishes with good lift and verve.”
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.
The Pinot Gris Grand Cru Kitterlé 2010 was harvested manually in wooden crates, on 18th October 2010. Entire grapes are pressed, with static racking. Fermentation took place in thermo-regulated tuns for one to four months. The wine was matured on fine lees during eight months, and bottled in February 2011.
The color is buttercup yellow with golden reflections. The appearance is bright and clear. The first smell is intense, characterized by smoky and subtle peppery aromas. After oxygenation, the nose evolves over ripe fruits such as apricot and quince. The smokiness becomes clear with the expression of an ashy fragrance. The nose is characterized by a real combination of the two families. On the palate, the onset is clear and smooth. A honeyed roundness marks the beginning on the palate that combines with an underlying freshness. An aromatic sensation of dry fruits such as apricot or grape combines with the spicy flavors of black pepper. It culminates in a minty and ashy sensation, leaving the mouth fresh.
Serve with sweet and savory dishes. For example, stir fried foie gras with quince, and tandoori chicken. Suggested serving temperature is 54°F.
Varietals: 100% Pinot Gris
Wine Alcohol: 12.31%
Titratable Acidity: 3.58 g/l
Residual Sugar: 53.2 g/l