Domaines Schlumberger Riesling Les Princes Abbés
August 1, 2017, Anne Krebiehl
“The aromatic tang of ripe lemon peel plays on the nose. The palate is pervaded by the same refreshing zestiness, shimmering with cheerful citrus brightness amidst riper notions of pear and peach. This is mouth-watering stuff, almost addictive with its dry zesty finish.”
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.
Slow pneumatic pressing, static racking. Fermentation in thermo-regulated tuns for one to four months. Matured on lees during six to eight months.
The robe is pale yellow with green reflections of medium intensity. The disk is bright, limpid and transparent. The wine shows youth. The nose is marked, pleasant and of good intensity, with fruity scents, citrus fruits, lime, spices, ginger, and white pepper. Very nice balance, typical of the Riesling, marked by a precise and chiseled nervousness. The range of flavors is perfect.
It can be associated with Scandinavian cuisine: gravlax mackerel, salmon, green apple and toasted pine nuts carpaccio, or a smoked trout fillet with cucumber and mashed avocado. Pairs beautifully with a goat’s milk cheese such as the briquette du Forez. The suggested serving temperature is 54°F.
Varietals: 100% Riesling
Wine Alcohol: 12.89%
Titratable Acidity: 4.71 g/L
Residual Sugar: 4.10 g/L