90 points Wine Enthusiast
"Gentle pear fruit shimmers on the subtle nose of this wine. The palate has unexpected concentration that presents ripe pear tempered by lemony brightness. This wine is vivid, slender, generous and dry."
John Gilman, View From the Cellar
“The 2018 Pinot Blanc from Domaine Schlumberger is composed entirely of Pinot Blanc vrai. The 2018 comes in at thirteen percent octane and offers up a youthful nose of peach, apple, a lovely base of soil tones, white flowers and a touch of leesiness in the upper register for its seven months elevage on its fine lees in hundred year-old foudres. On the palate the wine is bright, full-bodied, focused and zesty, with a good core of fruit, good balance and grip and a long, nascently complex finish. This is just a whisper clamped down on the backend from its screwcap, so give it a bit of aeration before drinking it, as it opens up nicely.”
Vinous Reverie Notes
With a single holding of more than 330 acres in Guebwiller, Domaines Schlumberger is the largest Grands Crus producer in Alsace. All Schlumberger wines are estate-grown. Because of the aridity and steepness of the domains, the yields are about 50 percent of the average for the appellation of Alsace. The resulting grapes are very high quality and have exceptional flavor concentration. The Les Princes Abbés range is the Schlumberger family’s tribute to the Abbots princes from the local Abbey at Murbach who owned the vineyards in the area until the French Revolution, and who were the first to sell the wines from Guebwiller abroad. Tasting Notes: The robe is light lemon yellow with green reflections of good intensity. The disk is bright, limpid and transparent. The nose is marked, pleasant and of good intensity with flowers, citrus fruits (lemon zest) and spices (white pepper). The nose has a nice character. Its youth shows radiance and a welcomed sensation of freshness. The balance is elegant and slightly strong, which gives the wine character. Food Pairing: Pairs beautifully with Alsatian cuisine, blue ling fish with vegetables, sardine rillettes or a fresh goat’s milk cheese. The suggested serving temperature is 54°F.