Winery of the Week: Domaines Schlumberger
April 08, 2013
Domaines Schlumberger boasts an ancient heritage with vineyards planted by the Romans and later, the Prince-Abbotts of Murbach, an order of monks in southern Alsace. They were the first to sell wine from Guebwiller (in Alsace), so the Schlumbergers pay tribute by naming a line of their wines after them.
Nicolas Schlumberger purchased 20 acres after the French Revolution, and that was the beginning of the great winemaking tradition for which Schlumberger is known today. The largest in Alsace, the Schlumberger vineyards comprise one of the largest blocks of contiguous vineyards in all of France—a longtime effort achieved by piecing together more than 2,500 parcels.
Fortuitously situated on the steep slopes overlooking Guebwiller, this is the only spot in Alsace producing four Grand Crus— Kitterle, Kessler, Saering and Spiegel. The vines benefit from maximum sun exposure (leading to long ripening) and a unique volcanic/sandstone terroir that gives the wines different nuances. Most notably, this soil yields concentrated wines with rich aromas and excellent aging ability.