Since the middle ages, the Abbés Princes of the Murbach Abbey operated this terroir. The Schlumberger family has acquired it in the middle of the 19th century and it was marketed until the late 1960s.
The Schimberg is a hillside overlooking the Guebwiller city with south exposure. Resulting from a soil with large Grauwackes deposits (volcanic rock debris of greyish colour).
It is made from grapes cultivated on selected plots of Pinot Gris. Planted by hand, the grape juice is placed in 500l barrels (demi-muids) to ferment. It is then matured on less in demi-muids for 12 months before bottling.
It can be associated with a meatloaf with mushrooms, a creamy risotto with scallops and liquorice, a puff pastry filled with sweetbread and sesame cream or a hard-pressed cheese, such as the Beaufort. Serving temperature : 12°C.
This wine goes well with
- Cold cuts
- Hors d'œuvre / Salad
- Grilled meat / Barbecue
- Raw and smoked fishes
- Cocked fishes
- White meat
- Soft Cheese
The robe is golden yellow with light reflections of good intensity. The disk is bright, limpid and transparent. The wine shows youth.
The nose is marked, pleasant and of good intensity. Dominated by woody notes (vanilla, sandalwood) and scents of butter and pastry. The airing enhances these scents and reveals caramel, honey and fine fruity touche. (quince, Mirabelle plum). Still a bit marked by the maturation process, the quality of the grapes needs time to assert itself and show a more fruity balance. Patience…
The onset in the mouth is fleshy and full. The alcoholic base is full-bodied. The wine evolves on a medium with a frank vivacity, marked by a sparkling note.
The range of flavours is in line with that of the nose, still dominated by wood (vanilla, sandalwood, liquorice) but also honey, butter, pastry, Mirabelle plum and quince. We perceive a hint of bitterness. The finish has a medium length, 6-7 caudalies, a frank vivacity and a persistent bitterness. The balance is compact and solid. Recalling southern French wines, it needs a few more years to assimilate the wood and assert its fruit.
Comments by Pascal Leonetti – October 2019
“Best Sommelier of France 2006”