The Domaines Schlumberger Pinot Gris Les Princes Abbes 2015 is made in Alsace from grapes grown in and around the town Guebwiller. The “Les Princes Abbes” name comes from the regions ancient Christian history, notably the creation of the Abbey of Murbach founded in the 8th century. By the 12th and 13th centuries the abbots of Murbach were extraordinarily wealthy and powerful. Accordingly, they were able to send their wines to far flung regions and were considered high quality. Long before the advent of the French AOC system today, barrels of wine from Guebwiller required a certificate of origin due to rampant corruption. Most definitely a sign of good wine. We opened a bottle of 2015 Pinot Gris with dinner tonight and were blown away. Took my time and penned a note, check it out below.
Tasting note: Clear with a wide, brassy-yellow core, almost burnt orange color, with a very thin silver rim and medium+ viscosity. The aromas are clean, developing, and medium in intensity. Red apple, pear, oranges, dried apricot, lime pith, honeydew melon, nutmeg, and fresh clover honey. The palate is dry-ish (bottles says “medium dry”) and the body is a rich, viscous medium+ in weight. The piquant flavors are of vivid apples, pears, oranges, and lemons. Additionally, cinnamon and nutmeg show up, rounding a corner to dried apricots with lime zest and salt. The unctuous body of this wine is the bright spot, a viscous, enveloping orchard. Exotic almost. Highly complex with an enduring finish.