2017 Schlumberger Riesling Grand Cru Saering
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 mentioned in 1250, the Saering plot slips from the hill and extends like a peninsula on the plain, forming a sort of tongue of land in the form of a ring. It has been sold under its own since 1830. To the north of Guebwiller, Saering faces east and south-east at an altitude of ranging from 260 to 300 meters. The Saering marl, limestone, and sandstone terroir brings out the best in this magnificent, fine, delicate Riesling.
View From the Cellar 92+ POINTS November 2020, John Gilman
“Domaine Schlumberger’s 2017 Riesling from the grand cru of the Saering was fermented down to almost complete dryness (less than one gram of residual sugar) and comes in at 14.2 percent octane in this vintage. This is a lovely young wine in the making, offering up a fine bouquet of apple, pear, a hint of lychee nut, a fine base of chalky minerality, orange peel, a touch of petrol and a floral topnote redolent of both white lilies and citrus blossoms. On the palate the wine is a touch more closed than the nose right now, offering up a crisp and full-bodied format, with a good core of fruit, fine transparency and cut, zesty acids and a long, nascently complex and still fairly primary finish. I would opt giving this lovely wine two or three years in the cellar to let the palate blossom as much as the nose, and then drink it over the next couple of decades. Good juice in the making here!”
JamesSuckling.com - 93 Points
“Cinnamon, white pepper, green paprika, green apples and citrus. Medium-bodied and very taut and citrusy on the palate, this trades in bright acidity and steely apple crunch.
Residual Sugar: .59 g/L
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