Wine of the Week: Domaines Schlumberger Pinot Blanc Les Princes Abbés 2014
April 17, 2017
Though it carries a noble name—named for the Abbots who first sold wine in the region— the Pinot Blanc from Schlumberger’s Les Princes Abbés line is not one of Alsace’s four noble grapes. It is, however, one of its most versatile white grapes, producing wine that is suitable as a refreshing aperitif and a pairing partner with a variety of dishes. Most notable: this is the wine to drink with egg-based dishes and green vegetables such as asparagus—notoriously tricky pairings made delicious with this wine.
Domaines Schlumberger is the largest producer of Grand Crus wines in Alsace, and all the domaine’s wines are estate grown. While not a Grand Cru, this Pinot Blanc comes from Grand Cru sites in and around Saering, Spiegel, Bux and Bollenberg. After fermentation in temperature-controlled stainless steel, the wine matures on fine lees (yeast sediments) for seven months, which give it texture and a pleasing mouthfeel.
This youthful wine is open and pleasant, expressing citrus fruits and white flowers on the nose, evolving to white spices and tropical fruits such as pineapple and blood orange. The aromas are carried through on the palate with additional layers of white fruits, golden apple, some lively citrus pith and a bit of ginger. This is a medium-bodied wine that’s refreshing and ideal for spring and summer imbibing.