Schlumberger is one of the most historic and important wine families of France, producing a range which includes some of Alsace’s most famous and collectible wines. All of Schlumberger’s wines come from vineyards they own – which should really come as no surprise, when one considers that about half of this 300-acre estate is made up of Grand Cru designated vineyards. The Schlumberger estate is characterized by steep slopes and sandstone rich soils, which comprise the only contiguous piece of property home to four separate Grand Cru designations: (i) Kitterle, (ii) Saering, (iii) Kessler, and (iv) Spiegel. With the origins of winegrowing on these sites dating back to the mid-1200’s, this collection of vineyards represents a veritable living history of Alsace wine.
2012 Kessler Pinot Gris Alsace Grand Cru
Kessler Pinot Gris Grand Cru is produced from vines that grow in sandstone soil from vineyards that face east and southeast. The vines are protected from the northerly winds and cold air streams brought by the valley of Guebwiller.
Kessler Pinot Gris has undergone gentle pressing and slow, cool fermentation in the cellar to preserve vibrant freshness and aromatic purity. This is followed by aging on the lees for 8 months, which adds a layer of depth and complexity without compromising brightness.
A complex, intense nose marked by golden apple, yellow fruit, honey, liquorice, and a slight smokiness. Upon breathing, more concentrated aromas emerge, and a flinty, mineral note is revealed. The medium plus palate offers a slight spritz with echoes of the same aromas on the nose. Overall, lively but rich, with good acidity, and a lingering finish. Kessler Pinot Gris Grand Cru is an elegant Pinot Gris with a distinguished range of flavours.
“There are mere hints of beeswax and marzipan on the nose. The palate opens into a structured, bright and well-lit space of pear peel, pear juice and a wonderfully bitter edge. This is off-dry and concentrated, definite but with a light touch. There is an intriguing hint of bitter orange peel that draws you in and pull this onto a higher plane.” –Anne Krebiehl MW, Wine Enthusiast
92 / 100 POINTS
Producer: Domaines Schlumberger
Wine: Kessler Pinot Gris Alsace Grand Cru
Origin: Alsace, France
LCBO #: 249623