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2014 Domaine Schlumberger Les Princes Abbes Gewurztraminer

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Who doesn't like a bit of Gewurtz in their life?! We do because it's great to take to an Asian-style restaurant on a Friday lunchtime. This one from Alsace has loads of lychees and musk on the nose with hints of ginger and pepper spice. The palate is smooth and a bit sweet with a lush fruity centre, and a mellow, bright finish. Great for any occasion!

Winemaker's Notes

History: The Traminer is probably the most famous Alsace wine. It comes from the North of Italy and dates from the XVI century. The Gewurztraminer (literally means spicy or musky Traminer) is a selection of the most Traminer wines and became Gewurztraminer around the year 1950.

Location: Our Gewurztraminer comes mainly from our named localities of Bollenberg and Bux as well as from the young vines from our Grand Cru vineyards.

Winemaking: Slow, pneumatic pressing was followed by static racking. Fermentation in thermo-regulated tuns for one to four months. Maturation on lees from six to eight months.

Tasting: The robe is light 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 of good intensity. We perceive a dominant of crystallised and spicy (Sichuan pepper), exotic (mango) and floral (violet and geranium) scents. The airing enhances the previous scents and reveals delicate vegetal, peppermint and chlorophyll. The maturity of the grapes is exemplary and provides a ripe and complex varietal profile, very pleasant. The onset in the mouth is moderately ample and marrowy. The alcohol support is full-bodied. The wine evolves on a medium of marked vivacity, marked by a sparkling note. The range of flavours, in line with that of the nose, shows a dominant of exotic fruits (banana, mango), spices (ginger, Sichuan pepper) and flowers (peony). We can taste a delicate varietal bitterness. The finish has a good length, 8-9 Caudalies, with a frank liveliness and a persistent bitterness. The balance of this wine is very tasty. A bit powerful, it keeps the delicacy and the brightness of this very beautiful grape variety.

Gastronomy: This wine can be highlighted by a spicy cuisine, a langoustine stew with turmeric, shrimp springs rolls with ginger, scampi sushis with wasabi. And closer to home, by a Munster cheese. Serve at 12°C.

Alc/vol: 12.94%

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