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.
2015 LES PRINCES ABBÉS PINOT GRIS AOC ALSACE
Originally named Tokay d’Alsace, and then Tokay Pinot Gris, this Pinot Gris is not related to the Hungarian Tokaji, which comes from the Furmint type of vine. Alsatian Pinot Gris is, in reality, a Pinot from Burgundy that became known in Alsace in the 17th century.
Les Princes Abbés is produced in Schimberg, which is situated in the valley of Guebwiller. This wine benefits from full south-facing, volcanic subsoil vineyards. Les Princes Abbés 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 6-8 months, which adds a layer of depth and complexity without compromising brightness.
An inviting, intense nose marked by golden apple, quince, liquorice, and a slight smokiness. Upon breathing, new aromas of Mirabelle plum, orange blossom, fresh pastry, and sweet almonds take shape. 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 beautifully balanced. Les Princes Abbés is a complex Pinot Gris with a distinguished range of flavours.
“The nose gives appetizing glimpses of pure ripe juicy pear. These flavors blossom fully on the palate and leave a most harmonious picture of ample, dry, but well-expressed pear fruit with lovely freshness. Everything here happens with ease. The finish is pure and fresh.” –Anne Krebiehl MW, Wine Enthusiast
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Producer: Domaines Schlumberger
Wine: Les Princes Abbés Pinot Gris AOC
Origin: Alsace, France
LCBO #: 21253