2018 Dom Schlumberger Riesling Les Princes Abbe
With a single holding of more than 330 acres in Guebwiller, Domaines Schlumberger is the largest Grands Crus producer in Alsace. All Schlumberger wines are estate-grown. Because of the aridity and steepness of the domains, the yields are about 50 percent of the average for the appellation of Alsace. The resulting grapes are very high quality and have exceptional flavor concentration.
For over 200 years, the Schlumberger family has devoted itself to farming the vineyards with passion, dedication and respect to the environment.
The Les Princes Abbés range is the Schlumberger family’s tribute to the Abbots princes from the local Abbey at Murbach who owned the vineyards in the area until the French Revolution, and who were the first to sell the wines from Guebwiller abroad.
Slow pneumatic pressing, static racking. Fermentation in thermo-regulated tuns for one to four months. Matured on lees during six to eight months.
The robe is light yellow with green reflections of good intensity. The disk is bright, limpid and transparent.The nose is pleasant, intense, and sophisticated, with candied candied fruit scents: lime, yuzu zest and white flowers. Airing enhances these scents and reveals an exotic personality. The structure is precise and refreshing. Marked by a spry range of flavors that beautifully expresses the terroir.
Wine Enthusiast, 91 points
Notes of ripe lemon have a honeyed, herbal lift, with a hint of candied lemon peel. The palate of this wine comes with concentration and a lemon freshness that radiates ripeness, brightness and intensity in equal measure. The finish is long, lemony, waxy and dry. Lovely now the wine is certain to evolve. Drink now–2030.
Wine & Spirits, 90 points
A terrific vintage from Schlumberger’s estate, this includes fruit from three grand crus in Guebwiller—Saering, Kessler and Kitterlé. Its savory richness has more purity and refinement than you might expect to find in a wine at this price. The cool, stony minerality, the delicate jasmine scents and the bright, herbal acidity makes this a lovely companion for pike quenelles.
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