Domaines Schlumberger Pinot Gris Grand Cru Spiegel
December 1, 2017, Anne Krebiehl
“Dried lemon peel and honey create a very appealing nose. The palate displays generous fruit balanced by the disciplined structure provided by lively acidity. Glimpses of ripe pear and honeycomb show on the edges, while the medium-dry finish is immensely appetizing. Though it’s lovely now, it shows long-term potential, and should hold well through 2030.”
November 15, 2017, Alison Napjus
“Ripe yellow peach and smoke notes are set in this well-balanced, juicy white. Medium-bodied, with accents of grated ginger and Thai basil lingering on the clean-cut and mouthwatering, lingering finish.”
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.
Spiegel is the fourth Grand Cru produced from the Schlumberger vineyards. It lies on sandy-clay and faces east. It stretches out halfway up the slope between Guebwiller and Bergholtz at an altitude of 260 to 315 meters. It is also the smallest in production with only 12 acres. It is primarily comprised of pinot gris, with vines that are 12 years old on average. 1998 was the first vintage made of this wine.
The grapes are picked by hand and whole bunches are pressed. There is static settling of the lees. The wine is fermented in temperature-controlled tuns, followed by raising on the lees for eight months.
The robe is light golden yellow with green reflections of medium intensity. The disk is bright, limpid and transparent. The nose is marked, pleasant and of good intensity. Sophisticated, with candied and overripe scents of yellow fruits, plum, quince, golden apple and honey. The ripe and healthy grapes express the very beautiful complexity of the pinot gris. Remarkable profile.
Highlighted if served with a chicken salad with honey and mustard, a goose liver escalope with mirabelle plum and spices, round fillets of veal with cream and ceps or a soft rind-washed cheese. Suggested serving temperature is 53°F.
Varietals: 100% Pinot Gris
Wine Alcohol: 12.35%
Titratable Acidity: 4.01%
Residual Sugar: 28.4 g/L
Suggested Retail Price: $29.00