Eric Beydon Schlumberger (1944-2014) took over the family estate in 1971, in which every had to be redone ! His passion and his intense work allowed the estate to reborn and to be back at one of the greatest estate in Alsace region. The late harvest (Vendange Tardive-appellation since 1984) are wines harvested in overmaturity, several weeks after the harvest. The Riesling Vendanges Tardives is a very rare wine, the grape offer an extraordinary freshness to this sweet wine.
Coming from the subtle blend of Grands Crus Kessler, SPiegel and Kitterlé, this very rare CUvée is born from our steep slopes with sandstone and volvanic soils, oriented east and southest.
The vines were carefully tended from their winter pruning until the harvest. Harvested manually from our steep vineyards, the grapes are then transported in small crates (to prevent the berries from getting crushed) to our winery where they are then slowly pressed. After racking for about 3 days, the perfectly clear juices are put to ferment in tuns where the temperature is strictly controlled. Fermentations last from 1 to 3 months until spring. The wines are then stabilised, filtered and then bottled. The bottles are stored, labelled and shipped all over the world.
I like to taste it alone but it can also be associated with a Thai soup with shrimps, coconut and ginger, poultry skewers with spices and lemon, duck in orange sauce, an Italian cheese, such as the Parmesan cheese or, at the end of the meal, with a citrus mousse with cinnamon and orange blossom…Learn more about food & wine pairing
The robe is golden yellow with green reflections of good intensity. The disk is bright, limpid and transparent. The wine shows youth.
The nose is marked, pleasant and a bit reserved. Delicate, we perceive a dominant of crystallized, overripe, fruity scents : citrus fruits (lemon, bloody orange), white flowers, honey. The airing enhances these scents and reveals exotic fruits (papaya) ; spices (ginger) as well as a fine mineral and smoky touch. The state of health of the grapes is wonderfully managed. The perfect over-ripening makes the range of scents classy and restraint. The Riesling expresses itself in an elegant way.
The onset in the mouth is dense and mellow, with a balanced alcohol support. The wine evolves on a medium with a frank liveliness, marked by a sparking note. The range of flavours is in line with taht of the nose, rich and candied, still dominated by citrus fruits (lemon, orange), exotic fruits (papaya), honey, spices (ginger) and this underlying mineral and smoky touch. The finish has a long length, 10-11 caudalies, and a fine and persistent liveliness. Ample and fleshy, the balance shows freshness and aerial concentration. Precise and chiselled, the range of flavours provides a lot of pleasure. A real success !!!
Technical sheet by M.Pascal Leonetti
“Best Sommelier of France 2006”