Domaines Schlumberger Riesling Grand Cru Kitterlé, Alsace, France 2015
Overview of the Wine
With a single holding of more than 330 acres at Guebwiller, Domaines Schlumberger is the largest Grands Crus producer in Alsace. All Schlumberger wines are estate-grown. Seventy-five percent of the vines are planted on very steep, terraced slopes, requiring horses be used for fieldwork.
The outstanding quality of the wines is due largely to Schlumberger’s superior vineyards, but also because yields are deliberately kept low. The winery produces only 80,000 cases annually, while the law allows for up to 160,000.
First distinguished in 1699, Kitterlé has always had an exceptional reputation. Already protected in the Middle Ages, it has been sold under its own name since 1830.
Grape / Blend
The nose is marked and pleasant, with a deep intensity and aromas of citrus fruits, lemon, orange, spices and ginger. The onset in the mouth is dense, fleshy and compact. The wine evolves in a clean and lively medium, pithy and marked by a sparkling note.
An excellent wine with food, it pairs beautifully with steamed or grilled fish such as steamed turbot and artichoke barigoule, or salmon tartar with olive oil and candied vegetables. Suggested serving temperature is 53°F.