Domaines Schlumberger Riesling Grand Cru Kitterlé
December 1, 2017, Anne Krebiehl
“The nose is a little shy, just hinting at citrus freshness. The very dry palate brings all the freshness to the fore—this is lithe and vividly lemony. Exquisite tartness tingles deliciously on the tongue and ripples its vivid rays of shimmering bright light across the senses—what a picture of 2014. If you like it emollient and rounded this is not for you. This is for lovers of bright uncompromising purity and freshness. This has real verve, bags of it, all backed up with serious lemon fruit. Gorgeously refreshing now but it will be even better with time.”
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.
First distinguished in 1699, Kitterlé has always had an exceptional reputation. Already protected in the Middle Ages, it has been sold under its own name since 1830.
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.
The robe is light yellow with green reflections of medium intensity. The nose is marked, pleasant and of good intensity, with aromas of citrus fruits, lime, spices, ginger with a slight hint of smokiness and minerality. The ripe and healthy grapes already reflect the beautiful definition of the Kitterlé. The onset in the mouth is dense and fleshy, and the wine evolves on a medium of marked vivacity, with a sparking note.
Delicious with eel and parsley sauce, lobster hummus, or a risotto with white truffle oil and pan-fried scallops. For cheeses, a semi-dry goat cheese, such as the Crottin de Chavignol, will pair beautifully. Suggested serving temperature is 53°F.
Varietals: 100% Riesling
Wine Alcohol: 12.96%
Titratable Acidity: 5.24
Residual Sugar: 4.8 g/L
Harvest Start Date: October 12, 2010
Bottling Date: March 9, 2012