In a nutshell: A crisp, dry and nicely weighty Alsatian white from Eastern France.
The lowdown: P
inot Blanc from this area of France is sometimes a bit overlooked but, as demonstrated here, in the hands of a good estate such as Domaines Schlumberger they bear comparison with some of the more illustrious Alsatian varieties. The fruit for this wine is mainly from their Saering and Spiegel Grand Cru vineyards with a little more coming from other sites. The wine is fermented in stainless steel where it remains on its lees for a further seven months prior to bottling. It has a pale golden colour which hints at the citrus and peachy notes to come. Nicely crisp but with good weight it has an excellent balance of acidity and body leading to a pleasantly dry finish.
When to drink: Fresh but with good body it's a very good partner to charcuterie, seafood and salads.
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.