Domaines Schlumberger Riesling Grand Cru Kessler
December 1, 2017, Anne Krebiehl
“This takes a few moments to open up on the nose but the gloriously tart but ripe apple notion of Riesling then becomes enticing and irresistible. On the palate the flavors the apple flavor acquires the merest touch of honey while vivid lemon awakes all taste buds. This is intense and incisive but not heavy at all. The palate is dry and poised. The finish is ultraclean and gorgeously lip-smacking. Totally refreshing now but with great potential.”
November 15, 2017, Alison Napjus
“This minerally version is bright and graceful, with a pleasing mix of yellow plum, pink grapefruit sorbet and spice notes enlivened by finely honed acidity. This is hard to stop sipping.”
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.
Manual harvest, whole grape pressing. Following static racking, fermentation took place in thermocontrolled tuns for one to four months. The wine was aged on the lees for eight months.
The robe is light lemon yellow with green reflections and of medium intensity. The disk is bright, limpid and transparent. The wine shows youth. The nose is marked, pleasant, a bit short, with perceptions of citrus fruits, lime, yuzu zest, and white flowers. The wine is severe, silent. The wine evolves on a medium of marked vivacity, with a sparkling note. The balance focuses on freshness. Slender and chiseled, it will please connoisseurs of precise wines.
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.
Varietals: 100% Riesling
Wine Alcohol: 12.58%
Titratable Acidity: 6.03 g/L
Residual Sugar: 5.1 g/L