Domaines Schlumberger Sylvaner

Alsace, France

Vintage: 2003 (Current) | 2005 (Pending)

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Domaines Schlumberger Sylvaner 2005

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 field work. 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. Domaines Schlumberger wines are fermented in old wood tuns, then transferred to stainless steel tanks where they are kept for 12-18 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. The Sylvaner grape variety first appeared in Lower Alsace towards the end of the 18th century, and came from Austria. It is the most widespread grape variety in Alsace, particularly in the Lower Rhine. Sylvaner mostly comes from the Bux plot but also from the Grand Cru Kessler plot.

Winemaking

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. 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 which is perfect for any situation which requires a white wine.

Tasting Notes

Not very vigorous, but producing grapes regularly, Sylvaner has a dry character.

Technical Information

Aging Potential: Up to three years