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2014 Domaines Schlumberger Grand Cru Kessler Riesling

2014 Domaines Schlumberger Grand Cru Kessler Riesling

'This is intense and incisive but not heavy at all. The palate is dry and poised. The finish is ultraclean and gorgeously lip-smacking. Totally refreshing now but with great potential.'
95 Points - Wine Enthusiast

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  • Domaines Schlumberger, located in Guebwiller Alsace, has been family-owned since 1810. Members of the 6th and 7th generations run the company today. It is the largest Grand Cru vineyard holder in the Alsace region with 70 hectares of the classic Alsace varieties of Riesling, Pinot Gris and Gewürztraminer in the Grand Crus of Saering, Kitterle, Kessler and Spiegel, representing more than half the total Domaine plantings.

    Located on the dizzy heights of the hills of Guebwiller, in southern Alsace, with slopes reaching 50° and at an altitude going from 250 to 390 metres, Domaine Schlumberger's mountain-side vineyard is surely one of the most breathtaking in Alsace.

    As the only spot in Alsace producing 4 Grands Crus, it is regarded as one of the most important pieces of terroir in the North Eastern corner of France, and Schlumberger is rightfully one of the regions greatest assets. 

  • WINEMAKER'S NOTES

    Mentioned as early as the year 1394, the Kessler has been marketed under its own name since 1830.

    The Kessler grows on a sandstone soil and displays in its centre a valley that is globally facing east, south-east, which protects it from north winds and cold air streams brought by the valley of Guebwiller. As a natural extension of the Grand Cru Kitterlé, its subsoils are reddish over Vosgean sandstone bedrock. At its base, an outcrop of limestone results in clay soils.

    TASTING NOTES

    The robe is light lemon yellow with green reflections and of medium intensity. The disk is bright, limpid and transparent. the wine shows youth. The nose is marked, pleasant, a bit short. We perceive a complex dominant of delicate scents, focused on citrus fruits, lime, yuzu zest, white flowers and delicate vegetal. The airing says nothing more, it enhances the previous scents and reveals light spicy notes, ginger, hardly exotic.
    The wine is severe, silent. The perfect state of health of the grapes will show a more pronounced profile with time. The onset in the mouth is moderately ample and tender with a vigorous alcohol support. The wine evolves on a medium of marked vivacity, with a sparkling note. The range of flavours is in line with that of the nose, still dominated by lemon zest, yuzu, delicate vegetal and light spicy notes of ginger. We perceives a hint of bitterness. The finish has a good length, 6-7 caudalies, and a frank liveliness. The balnce focuses on freshness. Slender and chiselled, it will please connoisseurs of precise wines.

  • REVIEWS

    'This takes a few moments to open up on the nose but the gloriously tart but ripe apple notion of Riesling then becomes enticing and irresistible. On the palate the flavors the apple flavor acquires the merest touch of honey while vivid lemon awakes all taste buds. This is intense and incisive but not heavy at all. The palate is dry and poised. The finish is ultraclean and gorgeously lip-smacking. Totally refreshing now but with great potential. Drink 2017–2037.'
    95 Points - Wine Enthusiast

    'The 2014 Riesling Grand Cru Kessler opens with a very clear, mineral and herbal bouquet of ripe and dried white fruits in the background. From marl and sandstone soils this is a pure, finessed and very elegant Riesling of great elegance. It reveals a very long, finessed and salty finish with a tight mineral structure and a really warm soul in its fruit flavors. The salinity is fascinating here and lingers for minutes. Great purity here.'
    93 Points - Stephen Reinhardt, Robert Parkers Wine Advocate