Domaines Schlumberger Sylvaner

Alsace, France

Vintage:2003 (Current)

2005 (Pending)

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Domaines Schlumberger Sylvaner 2003

Overview

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.

The sylvaner grape variety first appeared in lower Alsace towards the end of the 18th century, and originally came from Austria. It is the most widespread grape variety in Alsace, particularly in the Lower Rhine. 

Winemaking

Domaines Schlumberger wines are fermented in old wood tuns, then transferred to stainless steel tanks where they are kept for 12 to 18 months. After bottling, the wines are aged four to six months before being sold. The wines are able to reach full potential before going to market because Schlumberger tends to release its vintages late.

Tasting Notes

This sylvaner is a pale yellow color with hints of green. The fresh nose has a fine fragrance with discreet notes of young fruit and white flowers. This neat, light, easy-to-drink sylvaner makes an ideal refreshment on a sunny day. The vineyards of Domaines Schlumberger produce a vivid, fresh and very fruity wine attributed to the advantageous sun exposure. A fine bouquet, it keeps a pleasant roundness, which resembles a pinot and a riesling.

Food Pairing

This versatile wine is suitable for any situation requiring a white wine. The wine pairs well with seafood, cheese fondue, a meat plate or paté snack. A thirst-quenching wine that is perfect for any situation which requires a white wine. The suggested serving temperature is 50°F.

Technical Information

Wine Alcohol: 11.9%

Titratable Acidity: 3.06 g/L

Residual Sugar: 2.7 g/L

Aging Potential: Up to three years

Suggested Retail Price: $13.00