Domaines Schlumberger Pinot Noir Les Princes Abbés
January 2019, Ian D'Agata
“Bright red. Aromas and flavors of smoky red cherry syrup, grilled herbs, flint and an intriguing note of cotton candy. Finishes long and suave. Remarkably intense and well balanced, this is a very impressive Pinot Noir from Alsace.”
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.
Vinification occurs during a maceration of two weeks. Its growth in traditional tuns for 10 months allows adding a more full-bodied and more complex structure to its fruity character.
The 2016 Pinot Noir is cherry red with purple reflections, of good intensity. The disk is bright, limpid and transparent. The wine shows a brilliant youth. It has a pleasant nose of red fruit scents (blackcurrant, cherry) with a slight and underlying floral hint of rose. Aerating enhances these previous scents and reveals fine fruity notes (redcurrant, blackberry, vineyard peach) and a delicate vegetal that is slightly woody. The wine evolves on a slender and fresh medium, marked by a sparkling note. Tight and precise, the balance of this wine is in line with the vintage. Its controlled extraction gives prominence to a pure and elegant complexity of aromas.
Serve this wine with cured meats to start a meal, a veal roast with pasta and cream of mushroom, or duck breast with cherry sauce. Serve at 60°F.
Varietals: 100% Pinot Noir
Wine Alcohol: 12.5 %
Titratable Acidity: 3.43 g/L
Residual Sugar: .37 gr/L
Suggested Retail Price: $22.00