Domaines Schlumberger - Les Prince Abbes, Gewurztraminer 2011 - Alsace Wine 75cl Bottle

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Domaines Schlumberger - Les Prince Abbes, Gewurztraminer 2011
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75cl Bottle
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Description:
Colour: Golden yellow with light green reflections and good intensity.

Nose: Concentrated and distinguished. Exotic aromas of grapefruit, citrus and lychee are coupled with the floral characters of rose and peony. Aerating amplifies these scents but also reveals cumin and spices.

Palate: Full bodied and well integrated with de defined vinocity. The palate mirrors the nose but with distinctive spicy character. A classic Gewurztraminer profile and good long finish.

Food Matching: Asian, Indian & Chinese Cuisine, Seafood (Crab), Munster Cheese.

The majority of Gewurztraminer grapes are sourced from the BOLLENBERG and BUX vineyards. The remainder is made up with grapes from the young vines in the Grand Cru vineyards.

After slow pneumatic pressing the must is left to settle on the lees. Fermentation takes place in temperature controlled tuns for between 1 and 4 months. The wine is then left to age for a further 6 to 8 months on the lees.

Probably the most renowned wine in Alsace, Traminer comes from the North of Italy and dates back to the 16th century. Gewurztraminer (literally spiced or musky Traminer) is a selection of the most aromatic Traminers, and becomes Gewurztraminer 1950.





Category(s):     White Wine

Producer: Domaines Schlumberger   -   www.domaines-schlumberger.com
ABV:   13%
Appellation:   Gewurztraminer AOC Alsace
Brand:   Domaines Schlumberger
Country of Origin:   France
Grape Type:   Gewurztraminer
Region:   Alsace
Vintage:   2011

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Producer Information

Region: Alsace, France.
Family vinegrowers and winemakers since 1810.
Seven generations and nearly two centuries have passed since the founding of Domaines Schlumberger. In 1810, Nicolas Schlumberger established his vineyards on the renowned, sunny slopes above the town of Guebwiller. Before him the Romans, as early as 207, and then the Prince Abbots of Murbach, recognised and farmed this vineyard site. Through successive generations the holding has grown from the original few small plots to one of France's largest and finest vineyards. Seventh generation Alain Beydon-Schlumberger runs the domaine.
Grand Cru Vineyards.
With a holding of more than 140 hectares of vineyards, Domaines Schlumberger are not only the largest owners of vineyards in Alsace, but also have the largest Grand Cru area. Their vineyards cover nine kilometres along the south facing slopes of the Vosges Mountains, maximising the sunshine, and include four Grand Cru sites which represent more than 50% of the domaine. Yields are kept deliberately low, often a necessity on the steeper slopes of light sandy soil which can be as much as 60 degrees. The vines are horizontally planted in rows protected by 50 kilometres of dry-stone walls to prevent soil erosion.
The terraced slopes of Grand Cru Kitterle (The Calf Breaker) face south-west, south and south-east on free-draining, sandy soils permitting yields of only 25hl/ha. The resultant concentration of flavours, with a mineral quality and fine acidity, give the wines exceptional ageing potential.
Grand Cru Kessler (The Small Basin) faces south-east and, as it names suggests, has a valley-like depression at its centre which shelters vines from the north winds and cold draughts. With slightly richer clay soils, its unique microclimate and yields of 30hl/ha, the wines are generally quite supple and well balanced with pronounced floral aromas.
To the north-east of Guebwiller the Grand Cru Saering (The Ring) 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.
The most easterly of the vineyards is Grand Cru Spiegel (The Mirror) with its mixed soil of sandstone pebbles, clays and marls. The vines yield around 35hl/ha of Pinot Gris, Riesling and Gewurztraminer to produce aromatic, opulent, well structured wines. Some of the late harvest sweet wines are sourced here.
Les Princes Abbes: named after the Prince Abbots who owned the vineyard from the 9th to the 18th century, Schlumberger's classic range of Alsace varietals, like all their wines, is sourced from their own vineyards. In fact the fruit from the Grand Cru vines under ten years old is used in the blend of these wines. They show classic varietal characteristics backed by the consistency of quality derived from the use of Grand Cru grapes. Similar to the second wines of the great Chateaux of Bordeaux, Les Princes Abbes represents a taste of Grand Cru wines at an everyday level

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