Domaines Schlumberger Pinot Gris Les Princes Abbés
August 1, 2017, Anne Krebiehl
“The nose gives appetizing glimpses of pure ripe juicy pear. These flavors blossom fully on the palate and leave a most harmonious picture of ample, dry, but well-expressed pear fruit with lovely freshness. Everything here happens with ease. The finish is pure and fresh.”
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 Les Princes Abbés range is the Schlumberger family’s tribute to the Abbots princes from the local Abbey at Murbach who owned the vineyards in the area until the French Revolution, and who were the first to sell the wines from Guebwiller abroad.
Originally named Tokay d'Alsace, then Tokay Pinot Gris, this type of vine is not related to the Hungarian Tokaji which comes from the Furmint type of vine. In reality it is a pinot from Burgundy that became known in Alsace from the 17th century. The name Pinot Gris is generalized since 2007.
Slow pneumatic pressing, static racking. Fermentation in thermo-‐regulated tuns for one to four months. Maturation on lees from six to eight months.
The robe is golden yellow with light reflections of good intensity. The disk is bright, limpid and transparent. The nose is marked, pleasant and intense, with fruity scents, quince, apple, liquorice and a slight smokiness. A hint of savory bitterness. Beautiful balance: rich, full and tasty. Without the scars of the vintage, this wine offers a complex and distinguished range of flavors. Very attractive profile.
Best served with local dishes, such as poultry rillettes, rabbit terrine, or a soft cheese with a flowered rind such as the Brillat‐Savarin. The suggested serving temperature is 54°F.
Varietals: Pinot Gris
Wine Alcohol: 13.7%
Titratable Acidity: 3.59 g/L
Residual Sugar: 8.02 g/L