Schlumberger Pinot Gris Grand Cru ‘Kessler’ 2014, Domaines Schlumberger
France / Alsace
Andy's Tasting Notes
100% Pinot Gris of opulence and exotic charm. Produced exclusively from the Kessler vineyard above the town of Guebwiller. Grown on pink sandstone soil which gives the wine a crisp, mineral structure to contrast the richness of the Pinot Gris grapes. Low yields (30hl/ha) produce rich yet elegant wines. Off-dry with a hint of sweetness, the exuberant pineapple and mango fruit is complimented by hints of anise, herb and soft white pepper.
Grand Cru Kessler (The Small Basin) faces south-east and, as its name suggests, has a valley-like depression at its center which shelters the vines from the north winds and cold draughts.
Price per bottle £20.00
16 in stock
Domaines Schlumberger own 130 hectares of vineyards, 70 of which are qualified as Grand Cru. This makes them not only the largest owner of vineyards in Alsace, but also the largest owner of Grand Cru in the region.
Today Alain Beydon-Schlumberger runs the winery together with nephew, Thomas and niece, Séverine. The vineyards include four Grand Cru sites which contribute to more than 50% of total production. Yields are kept deliberately low, with a clear focus on producing top quality wines with optimum purity of fruit. It is often a necessity on the steeper slopes of light, sandy soil which can be as much as 60 degrees gradient. The vines are horizontally planted in rows, protected by 50 kilometres of dry-stone walls to prevent soil erosion. The vineyards have ideal exposure (south to south east) and a cooling breeze, allowing the organically farmed grapes, to reach optimum maturity.
Food matchSuperb with soft creamy cheeses, or a noodle and vegetable stir-fry with Oriental spices.