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2010 Pinot Gris by Domaines Schlumberger, Les Princes Abbés, Alsace, France

Sunday, January 19th, 2014

Vintage: 2010
Type: White (100% Pinot Gris)
Country: France–Alsace

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This is the only bottle of wine that I ordered during a business trip-turned-chaotic situation on the East Coast of the USA in early-January 2014.

In the middle of a terrible snow storm (or “polar vortex” as Americans started to call it), a reciprocal visit was arranged for me to the Cornell Club in New York City and I was fortunate to secure two seats at a Members’ “Wednesday Lobster Night” dinner. What a treat for me and my husband!

There was ample choice on the Club’s Cayuga Dining Room wine menu, but given that we would each be eating a 2 lb lobster with a variety of starters, we opted for an acidic white wine that might help cut through all of the salt and butter.

We selected the 2010 Pinot Gris by Schlumberger, which, with its elegant, elongated bottle neck and honeyed sips, brought back delightful memories of our driving tour through the Alsace region, also in 2010.

In retrospect, I should have elected to drink this wine on its own on a warm autumn afternoon (perhaps with a selection of soft, continental cheeses on the side), but it does make for a satisfactory accompaniment to a fleshy seafood dish.

(Apologies for the picture that I have uploaded. Photographs were not allowed inside the Cornell Club, so I had to sneak it without a flash.)

Technical Review

Appearance
Clear, pale lemon.

Nose
Clean, light aromas of stewed apple, honey.

Palate

Medium sweetness, medium acidity, low tannin.  Medium-bodied. Similar flavours to the aromas above. Medium length finish.

Conclusion

Good, ready to drink now (not intended for ageing). Could possibly command a medium price (>£12.99).

Joseph Gruss & Fils Gewurztraminer Eichberg Grand Cru 2008

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

Vintage: 2008
Type: Gewürztraminer
Country: France – Alsace – Eguisheim

None of Andre’s wines disappoint me but you can believe me when I say this is a lovely wine, full stop. The flavours of citrus fruit and lychees fill the mouth nicely. It is a sweet wine but not overpowering.  There is a distinctly thick and creamy texture on the tongue. Gorgeous.

I imagine myself holding a picnic in a field of wild flowers, absorbing the sun’s warmth, enjoying a variety of oriental dishes … this wine would be the main event of my picnic.

Joseph Gruss & Fils Crémant d’Alsace Rosé 2009

Sunday, January 9th, 2011

Vintage: 2009
Type: Rosé Crémant
Country: Alsace – Eguisheim

Yummy, yum, yum. All French sparkling wine that comes from outside of the Champagne region is classified Cremant but the flavours and bubbles you’ll find in this bottle may deceive your senses to think otherwise. I am biased towards this vineyard and its products because I secretly admire Andre. Regardless of the bias, the Cremant stands out splendidly in its own right.

Ruhlmann Riesling Frankstein 2002

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

Vintage: 2002
Type: Riesling
Country: France – Alsace

I love Rieslings for many reasons and this bottle delivers. The colour has a touch of golden honey but the nose is fresh and citrus-infused. The taste is clean and acidic. This is a good wine to accompany an oriental pork or chicken-based stir-fry or to drink on its own (with a bowl of spiced cashews or peanuts). It is mouth-watering delicious!