Situated in Alsace, Schlumberger is one of the most historic and important wine families of France producing a range which includes some of the region’s most famous and collectible wines. All of the wines from Schlumberger 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-1200s, this collection of vineyards represents a veritable living history of Alsace wine.
2014 PINOT GRIS “LES PRINCES ABBÉS”
Produced from south facing vineyards around Schimberg, this 2014 Pinot Gris from Domaines Schlumberger is a stunning examples of ripe, rich and fully developed dry Pinot Gris. Gentle pressing and slow, cool fermentation are employed in the cellar to preserve vibrant freshness and aromatic purity, followed by aging on the lees for 6-8 months, which adds a layer of depth and complexity without compromising brightness.
Wines offering this sort of generous richness, intensity and succulence are best matches with equally indulgent and decadent foods. This 2014 Pinot Gris from Domaines Schlumberger is ideally suited to rich terrines, softer more mild cheeses or plates feature foie gras. More adventurous foodies might appreciate dishes combining sweet and savoury elements, like salads or tarts with peach or apricot and goat cheese.
“Founded in 1810, Schlumberger controls the largest area of privately owned vineyards in Alsace, including significant portions of Grand Cru sites. The grapes are grown in steep vineyards planted on hillsides with ideal exposure. This Pinot Gris was grown in volcanic soils that impart the distinctive smoky tone to this wine’s minerality. It will be a vibrant, focused wine, with pear and peach notes and a spicy underbelly.”
LCBO Vintages Tasting Panel
Producer: Domaines Schlumberger
Wine: Pinot Gris “Les Princes Abbés”
Origin: Alsace, France
LCBO #: 21253