Two more highlights from this week’s press tasting at Majestic: a couple of lovely Alsace whites from Schlumberger.
I love these wines, and at the offer price they are a steal. But they illustrate why Alsace remains a nightmare for consumers. One is dry, the other quite sweet. But nowhere is this indicated on the bottle. And both bottles are very similar looking. Of course, no back label.
Domaines Schlumberger Riesling ‘Les Princes Abbés’ 2009 Alsace
A stylish, nicely textured dry Riesling with bold citrus fruits and some melony richness. Rounded texture with a long, spicy finish. Lovely example of Alsace Riesling. 91/100 (£13.99 Majestic, but £10.99 each if you buy 2 bottles)
Domaines Schlumberger Gewürztraminer ‘Les Princes Abbés’ 2009 Alsace
Sweet, open nose is grapey with some turkish delight character. Off-dry, fat textured palate with lovely smooth, sweet fruit. It flirts with flabbiness, but gets away with it. Delicious, characterful and varietally true. 92/100 (£15.99 Majestic, but £12.99 each if you buy 2)