2018 Domaines Schlumberger Pinot Gris Les Princes Abbes, Alsace, France (750ml)
The robe is light yellow with green reflections 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 fruity scents, apple, honey and lovage. The airing enhances these scents and reveals quince, hop, button mushrooms and a slight smokiness. A bit retained, the nose shows sophistication. It needs time to express itself. Patience… The onset in the mouth is moderately ample, round and heady. The wine evolves on a medium of marked liveliness, with a slight sparkling note. We find the same aromas as on the nose, dominated by autumn fruits (quince, apple, Mirabelle plum), but also hop, honey, button mushrooms, slightly smoked. We perceive a hint of bitterness. This vigorous wine with sophisticated aromas has a nice and delicious structure. Pairs beautifully traditional French cuisine, such as a goose terrine with Armagnac, a blanquette of veal with candied onions, a poultry vol-au-vent with mushrooms or a soft rind-washed cheese such as the Coeur d’Arras.
With plenty of floral-honey, caramelized-pear and some melon aromas, medium-full body and a creamy texture, this is a very classic Alsace pinot gris. But it is drier than most with a nice touch of positive tannin at the clean finish. Rather food-friendly.
- James Suckling, 92 pts.
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