Domaines Schlumberger Riesling Grand Cru Saering
December 1, 2017, Anne Krebiehl
Editor’s Choice: “A touch of lemon balm adds a breezy freshness to the nose, while a pure, bright and precise notion of ripe lemon pervades and takes over the entire palate. On its fringes, delicious hints of chamomile and chervil appear alongside ripe red apple. This is a tantalizing charmer in spite of its absolute dryness and vivid acidity.”
November 15, 2017, Alison Napjus
“This is lightly fleshy in texture and light- to medium-bodied, offering a mouthwatering mix of ripe yellow peach, grapefruit granita, stone and spice flavors.”
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 mentioned in 1250, the Saering plot slips from the hill and extends like a peninsula on the plain, forming a sort of tongue of land in the form of a ring. It has been sold under its own since 1830. To the north of Guebwiller, Saering faces east and south-east at an altitude of ranging from 260 to 300 meters. The Saering marl, limestone, and sandstone terroir brings out the best in this magnificent, fine, delicate Riesling.
The grapes were harvested by hand and the bunches were pressed whole. Static settling of the lees occurred. Fermentation took place in temperature-controlled tuns between one and four months. The wine was raised on the lees for eight months.
The robe is light lemon yellow with green reflections of medium intensity. The disk is bright, limpid and transparent. The wine shows youth. The nose is dominated by citrus fruits, yuzu zest, honey, spices and ginger. The onset in the mouth is dense and fleshy, round. The range of flavors is in line with that of the nose, but more candied: lemon, spices, ginger, white flowers and honey. The structure is robust and its hint of sweetness is perfectly balanced by the terroir.
Best served with exotic dishes, such as a grilled shrimp with honey, ginger, and orange. It also pairs well with salmon filet in a light lemon sauce with rice, smoked eel with Riesling sauce, and Corsican sheep cheeses. Serve at 53°F.
Varietals: 100% Riesling
Wine Alcohol: 13.49%
Titratable Acidity: 5.7
Residual Sugar: 8.9 g/L
Suggested Retail Price: $29.00