Domaines Schlumberger Pinot Gris Les Princes Abbes 2002
Bright, clear golden buttercup color with hints of gold. The nose varies from slight smoky to cocoa flavors, with a delicate touch of bergamot. Airing reveals more fruity notes, apricots, and peaches. On the palate, it is fresh, delicate, and moderately ample with ripe pear, dried dates, and spicy notes of white pepper and caraway seed.
The Schlumberger estate is located in Alsace, which is east of France. In 1810, Nicolas Schlumberger bought about 50 acres of vineyards and laid the foundations for a rare harmony between human needs and the earth - Domaines Schlumberger was born. This respect of nature and environment has always been an essential element of the way of life and philosophy of the Schlumberger family. And, it is still evident even today—through manual plowing of the fields with horses and biodynamic farming, which ensure great, quality wines for future generations. Originally called Tokay d'Alsace, then Tokay Pinot Gris, this grape variety is not related in any way to the Hungarian Tokaji which comes from the Furmint grape variety. It is actually a Burgundian Pinot which has been found in Alsace since the 17th century. Pinot Gris Les Princes Abbes has a youthful character, with a round, full-bodied structure and a balanced finish.