In a nutshell: A rich and honeyed and mellow Grand Cru Alsatian Gewurztraminer.
The lowdown: Gewurztraminer is one of the signature grape varieties of Alsace and in the expert hands of Domaines Schlumberger it gets a chance to really shine. The fruit for this is grown entirely in the Grand Cru Kessler vineyard in the southern Alsatian valley of Guebwiller. After fermentation the fruit is aged in its lees for a further 8 months to gain layres of complexity. Undeniably intense and opulent, it has a quite rich turkish delight flavour and there's warm, rounded spice exploding on the palate with every sip. Whilst in the medium sweet category the well judged citrus acidity provides excellent balance and making this undoubtedly a class act.
When to drink: The richness here is just the thing to partner with goose, or turkey dishes and it's also an ideal partner to curried recipes.
In 1810, the founder, Nicolas Schlumberger, after establishing a textile machinery factory in the Alsatian town of Guebwiller in Eastern France also bought about 20 hectares of vines in the surrounding area. In doing so, he laid the foundations of Domaines Schlumberger.
Three generations later, Ernest Schlumberger assumed control of the estate which, by then, was deeply affected by the phylloxera louse that struck widely early twentieth century. Most Guebwiller vineyards, as a result had been abandoned by their owners. Shrewdly, Ernest Schumberger spotted an opportunity and bought as many plots of land as he could and replanted vines. He then arranged the whole vineyard in terraces and introduced horizontal vine planting. It was during this period that they grew to be one of Alsace's largest domaines.
Since the arrival of Eric Beydon-Schlumberger in 1971 who fully involved himself in the company and replanted many of the ageing vineyards and brought modern practices to the domain it has gained the international reputation it now enjoys. The current owners are brother and sister, Thomas and Séverine Schlumberger.