Domaines Schlumberger, Gewurztraminer Grand Cru Kessler 2015

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  • Type:

    White

  • Country:

    France

  • Region:

    Alsace

  • ABV:

    12.50%

  • Grape:

    Gewurztraminer

  • Grape Blend:

    Gewurztraminer 100%

  • Winemaker:

    Alain Schlumberger

  • Bottle Size:

    750ml

Domaines Schlumberger Gewurztraminer Grand Cru Kessler 2015 - Wine

Tasting Notes

Bright, golden yellow in colour with perfumes of peaches and rose petals. Spicy with aromas of saffron and white pepper, as well as exotic fruit flavours such as mango. This wines is rich and honeyed with great complexity and a fleshy mouthfeel.

Production Notes

Grapes are fermented in thermocontrolled tuns for one to four months. The wine is then aged on the lees for eight months.

Critics Reviews

James Suckling, 95pts - A complex nose with plenty of candied-grapefruit and pineapple character, as well as some fresh lychee and a hint of spices. Great textural complexity and some real minerality, making this concentrated gewurztraminer stand out of the pack. The finish is stunning. Delicious now, but this will be even better from 2020. The sweetness will be even better integrated. Vinous, 93pts - Bright yellow-gold. Refined aromas of mirabelle, spicy tropical fruit and honey. Very rich, honeyed and clean, displaying an enticing crystalline quality to the rich, round papaya, mango and sweet spice flavors. Finishes juicy, vibrant and very long. A great wine, with real personality.

Producer Profile

Domaines Schlumberger was founded in 1810 by Nicolas Schlumberger, who established vineyards on the renowned slopes above the town of Guebwiller. These vineyard sites, now run by the 6th and 7th generations, have a remarkably long history of viticulture, having been planted since 207AD. Through successive generations the Schlumberger holding has grown to be one of the largest and finest domaines in France. Schlumberger now 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, Severine. Vineyards -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. Grand Cru Range The terraced slopes of Grand Cru Kitterle (known as The Calf Breaker, due to its steep slopes that can reach 50 degrees) face south-west, south and south-east and are situated on volcanic-sandy soils permitting limited yields of only 25hl/ha. The resultant concentration of flavours is staggering and the wines have a mineral quality, fine acidity and exceptional ageing potential. 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. With slightly richer clay soils, its unique microclimate and yields of just 30hl/ha, it gives generally quite supple and well balanced wines with pronounced floral aromas. To the north-east of Guebwiller, the Grand Cru Saering (The Sea Ring, as the area was covered by sea) vineyard faces south-east to east. With a subsoil of sandstone pebbles interspersed with layers of marl, deeper deposits of clay, heavy sandy marl and rocks, the site is ideal for Riesling. Yields of around 30hl/ha produce wines that are typically floral with pronounced fruit flavours on the palate and the driest character of all the Grand Crus. Les Princes Abbes - named after the Prince Abbots who owned the vineyard from the 9th to the 18th century, the classic range blend includes fruit from the young Grand Cru vines. With the focus on the expression of classic varietal characteristics, similar to the second wines of the great chateaux of Bordeaux, Les Princes Abbes range delivers a taste of Grand Cru wines at an everyday approachable style.