All Schlumberger wines are estate-grown on their 140 hectares, half of which constitute Grand Cru vineyards. Fruit for their Princes Abbés Pinot Noir is planted in their Bollenberg and Saering parcels (not Grand Cru) in lime and marl-limestone soils. The grapes were vinified and raised for ten months in traditional tun wood vessels, which have a capacity of about 1,000 liters.
The wine is a limpid light raspberry color and emits a heady perfume of rose petals, rose hips, lavender, potpourri, and sandalwood. The texture crystalline, a wash of bright red fruit with accents of dried berries and flowers, all carried on supple tannins. Extremely elegant, almost ethereal, this is a Pinot Noir for those who seek a fine balance between ripeness and restraint.
2016 Schlumberger Pinot Noir Les Princes Abbés Alsace AOP
12.5% abv | $28 (sample) Imported by Maisons Marques et Domaines USA