CarteSchlumbergerWe are 100 % estate winegrowers, we vinify exclusively our own harvest. We buy neither grapes, nor juice, nor wines (Alsatians winegrowers represents only 22% of the regional production).
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, our mountain-side vineyard is surely one of the most breathtaking in Alsace.
Its excellent southwest, south, south east exposure ensures it perfect sun exposure..
Guebwiller is the only spot in Alsace producing 4 Grands Crus. Half of our vineyard, that is to say 70 hectares, consists of these unique “terroirs”.
The wines of our Grands Crus portray, from year to year, the ancient memory of the stones of our land.
The Vosges sandstone, on the edge of the mountain,produces subtle nuances: plots located anly a few meters from each other can produce very different wines.

The “ALSACE GRAND CRU” appellation gathers the 51 best Alsatian “terroirs”.
This classification appeared in 1983 by the “Institut National des Appellations d’Origine” (INAO) based on similar qualitative criteria to those applied to Burgundy: geology, exposure and microclimate.
In 1983, only 25 had been defined, including the 4 located in Guebwiller (25 other Grands Crus have been defined in 1992).
The Domaine Schlumberger, with 50% of its area planted with Grands Crus have resolutely decided to bear proudly the colours of their exceptional terroirs.

 

 

THE GRAND CRU KITTERLE

 

Grand Cru Kitterlé

It has a total area of 26 hectares, of which 20 hectares are owned by the Domaine Schlumberger. Its height ranges from 270 to 360 metres. Its average yield is 25 hectolitres per hectare.
The winegrowers who worked in this plot where steep slopes can reach 50 ° gave it the local nickname of «the calf-breaker».
This volcano-sandstone terroir was first mentioned in 1699 and is marketed under its own name since 1830.
It occupies a unique site on the edge of the mountain: a rocky outcrop offering three different expositions: southwest, south, south-east, all perched on very steep slopes of up to 50°.

Due to its very poor soil, the yield cannot be important, but it flavours concentration of aromas and an exceptional ageing ability.

Favourites grape varieties: Riesling, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer.

 
 

THE GRAND CRU KESSLER

 
Le Grand Cru KesslerThe Domaine Schlumberger owns 22 hectares of this 29 hectare area.

Its height ranges from 300 to 390 metres.

Its average yield is 35 hectolitres per hectare.

Kessler is a sandstone soil, mentioned for the first time as soon as 1394 and marketed under its own name since 1830.

In its centre, the hill forms a small valley (Kessler) which shelters it from the North winds and from the cold drafts..
It is an excellent spot for Gewurztraminer, Riesling and Pinot Gris and it produces sweet, charming wines.
 
 
 

THE GRAND CRU SAERING

 

Le Grand Cru Saering

It is a 27 hectare area, of which 20 hectares are owned by the Domaine Schlumberger.

Its height ranges from 260 to 300 metres.

Its average yield is 40 hectolitres per hectare.

Its name means "sea ring". This “terroir” slips down the mountain side and extends like a peninsula over the plain, forming the shape of a ring. Million years ago, this area was covered by the sea. The word “Ring” was also used to designate a Roman camp, and "Seh" originates from sehen (see in German): it is now proved that an observation camp was indeed erected there.
The stony and rather heavy soils of this Grand Cru suit first if all the Riesling.

Saering was first mentioned in 1250 and marketing began under this name in 1830.

 
 
 

THE GRAND CRU SPIEGEL

 
Le Grand Cru SpiegelIt has a total area of 18 hectares, of which 5 hectares are owned by the Domaine Schlumberger.

Its height ranges from 260 to 315 metres.

Its average yield is 40 hectolitres per hectare.

"The Mirror": like a mirror reflecting the sun on its grapes, this East-facing terroir extends on the middle of the hillside. Located between Guebwiller and the neighbouting village of Bergholtz, its sandy soils cover a malry-sandstone base.

It was alredy mentioned in the fifteenth century.

Especially Pinot Gris expresses its typicity in this terroir. It is also the special area where we pick the grapes we will use for our Vendanges Tardives (Late Harvest) or for our “Cuvée Clarisse Sélection de Grains Nobles”.