Domaines Schlumberger Riesling Grand Cru Kessler

Alsace, France

Vintage:2013 (Current)

2014 (Pending)

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Domaines Schlumberger Riesling Grand Cru Kessler 2013

Overview

With a single holding of more than 300 acres at 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 themselves to farming the vineyards with passion, dedication and respect to the environment.

The Domaines Schlumberger Riesling Grand Cru Kessler originates from the Grand Cru Kessler plot, first distinguished in 1394. Domaines Schlumberger owns 22 hectares of the 29-hectare plot, which lies on a bedrock of Vosges sandstone. A limestone outcrop gives the soil a clay character.

Winemaking

Grown on a unique volcanic sandstone plot on a steeply sloping rocky outcrop facing three ways (south-west, south and south-east). The light, sandy soil, which is kept back by huge drystone walls, only gives very low yields of about 25 to 35 hl/ha. The grapes are hand-picked and whole bunches are pressed. There was a static settling of the lees and the wine is fermented in temperature controlled tuns, followed by raising on the lees for eight months.

Tasting Notes

The robe is a pale yellow, with light green reflections of average intensity. The disk is bright, limpid, transparent. The nose is frank, pleasant, intense and elegant, with perceptions of citrus fruits, lime, as well as spices and ginger. The nose shows good grape maturity. Time will give it its dimension.The onset in the mouth is moderately ample, the alcohol support is balanced.

Food Pairing

This wine can be paired with Japanese cuisine, such as smoked eel sushi, but also crayfish salad, avocado, grapefruit or a spicy salmon gravlax. Perfect with a fresh Crottin de Chavignol. Serve at a temperature of 54°F.

Technical Information

Varietals: 100% Riesling

Wine Alcohol: 12.34%

Titratable Acidity: 6.26 g/L

Residual Sugar: 5.8 g/L