Christine Schlumberger’s sister, Laure, has been the first woman of the family to marry a catholic. Her devotion to several charitees organizations has remain in the memories. The Late Harvest (Vendanges Tardives-Appellation since 1984) are wines harvested in overmaturity, several weeks after the harvest. Contrary to certain types of sweet wines, they maintain a freshness and natural acidity with a flavor that is unique in the world.
COming from the subtile blend of Grands Crus Kessler, Spiegel and Kitterlé, this very rare Cuvée is born from our steep slopes with sandstone and volcanic soils, oriented east and south east.
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.
It is ideal to accompany a French brioche toasted with Floc de Gascogne, a pan-fried foie gras with dried fruits, an apricot chutney or an unpasteurized blue-veined cheese. Or even a Tortell or a Mirabelle plum pie.Learn more about food & wine pairing
The robe is bright golden yellow with light green reflections of good intensity. The disk is bright, limpid and transparent. The wine shows youth.
The nose is marked, pleasant and intense. Dominated by candied and overripe scents. We perceive honey but also yellow fruits, quince, Mirabelle plum, a slight floral hint of orange blossom and a complex and smoky personality. The airing enhances the previous scents and reveals a fine pastry touch, a landed note, mushroom and white flowers. The nose reflects the beautiful ripening of the grapes. The complexity/diversity of scents is pleasant.
The onset in the mouth is moderately ample, semi-liquorish. Full-bodied. The wine evolves on a medium with a frank and nervous vivacity, marked by a sparking note. We find the same candied aromas, dominated by yellow fruits, quince, Mirabelle plum, apricot, honey, orange blossom and still this fine and underlying complex smoky touch. The finish has a good length, 6-7 caudalies, and a frank and refreshing vivacity. The structure is dominated by reichness. It is semi-liquorish, balanced/magnified by the quality of the botrytis. Wonderful sorting in the vineyard !
Technical sheet by M. Pascal Leonetti
“Best Sommelier of France 2006”