93 points James Suckling
“Cinnamon, white pepper, green paprika, green apples and citrus. Medium-bodied and very taut and citrusy on the palate, this trades in bright acidity and steely apple crunch. Drink now.”
92+ points John Gilman
“Domaine Schlumberger’s 2017 Riesling from the grand cru of the Saering was fermented down to almost complete dryness (less than one gram of residual sugar) and comes in at 14.2 percent octane in this vintage. This is a lovely young wine in the making, offering up a fine bouquet of apple, pear, a hint of lychee nut, a fine base of chalky minerality, orange peel, a touch of petrol and a floral topnote redolent of both white lilies and citrus blossoms. On the palate the wine is a touch more closed than the nose right now, offering up a crisp and full-bodied format, with a good core of fruit, fine transparency and cut, zesty acids and a long, nascently complex and still fairly primary finish. I would opt giving this lovely wine two or three years in the cellar to let the palate blossom as much as the nose, and then drink it over the next couple of decades. Good juice in the making here!”
92 points Wine Spectator
“Enticing passion fruit and tangelo flavors are backed by bright, lip-smacking acidity and a subtle streak of minerality in this well-balanced, light-bodied white, which is pure and focused, with a mouthwatering finish of zesty spice. Drink now through 2027.”
2020 festive recommendations – whites
"Real bone-dry Alsace Riesling. A very decent price for a mature wine with just a little softness on the finish and perfect poise. For those who can't afford Trimbach’s Clos Ste Hune?"
Vinous Reverie Notes
Tasting Notes: The robe is lemon 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 of good intensity. We perceive a dominant of citrus fruits, (mandarin zest, lemon, crystallised orange), white flowers and a light ferruginous, bloody touch. The airing enhances these scents and reveals smoky, flinty notes and spices (ginger). The nose is open and has already a mineral hint. The perfect ripeness of the grapes expresses a splendid terroir profile. The onset in the mouth is fleshy and the alcoholic base full-bodied. The wine evolves on a rigorous medium, marked by a delicate salinity and a sparkling note. Aromas are more austere, first dominated by mineral (flint, naphta) then by citrus fruits (yuzu zest, lime), white flowers and spices (ginger). There is a significant mineral bitterness. That balance is remarkable! Despite the exposure to sunlight, the Riesling extraordinarily emphasises the soil. With its noble bitterness, this wine is made for decades.