2019 Schlumberger Pinot Gris GC Spiegel
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.
Spiegel lies on sandy-clay and faces east. It stretches out halfway up the slope between Guebwiller and Bergholtz at an altitude of 260 to 315 meters.
The color is lemon yellow with clear reflections of good intensity. The disc is bright, limpid and transparent. The wine presents youth.
The nose is frank, pleasant, a little restraint. Complex, we perceive fine smells of yellow fruits, quince, Mirabelle plum and honey. Airing amplifies these smells and reveals fine notes of flowers, acacia, grilled, smoked. Still a little on the reserve, the nose diffuses a racy, ripe register, representative of the soil.
The attack on the palate is dense, semi-syrupy, silky and full-bodied. We evolve on a medium with frank liveliness, marked by a pearling environment. The range of aromas, more pronounced than on the nose, presents Mirabelle plum, quince, apricot, flowers, acacia, honey, orange blossom and always the smoky and toasted character. We feel a fine astringent bitterness. The finish has great length, 11-12 caudalies, along with strict liveliness and lingering bitterness.
Concentrated and opulent, the balance retains a beautiful delicacy of structure. Never saturating, this wine takes time to assert its aromatic dimension.
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