2014 Schlumberger "Les Princes Abbes" Pinot Gris Alsace

SKU #1315886 92 points Bob Campbell

 Off-dry and quite rich pinot gris with pear, stewed apple, spice, anise and subtle nutty flavours. A hint of sweetness is balanced by refreshing acidity that promotes a drying and lengthy finish. Good value at this price.

90 points Vinous

 Straw-yellow. Perfumed, classic Pinot Gris nose of pear, smoke, apricot and honey. Rich and round in the mouth, with juicy, lively flavors of orchard fruits and honey. The persistent finish is clean and long. A lovely entry-level Pinot Gris that showcases purity and precision. I could drink this by the bucket.(ID)  (2/2016)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

 The nose of this wine is restrained, just giving away pear and citrus, but the dry palate is concentrated and spiced with almond and marzipan. Ample tone from mouthwatering acidity will make this a huge winner at any table. It has great poise and balance.  (11/2016)

Wine Spectator

 A crowd-pleaser, with lively, juicy acidity balancing an appealing mix of ripe nectarine, salted almond and orange granita flavors. Offers a tangy, mineral-tinged finish. Drink now through 2019.  (9/2016)

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Varietal:

Pinot Gris

- Also known as Pinot Gris in France, where it originated as a mutation of Pinot Noir. The berries can vary in color from yellowish to bluish-violet producing wines that range from white to slightly pink. The most successful wines from the grape come from the Collio in Friuli (Northeast Italy), where the wines are light- to medium-bodied, crisp, dry and, because of their high acidity, complementary to the region's foods like speck, Prosciutto di San Daniele and polenta. In Alsace, where the grape takes a back seat to more popular varietals like Gew├╝rztraminer and Riesling, it is generally rich and honeyed. Other successful plantings of Pinot Grigio exist in Austria, Germany, Hungary and Romania, with even smaller amounts planted in British Columbia, Australia, New Zealand and California.
Country:

France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.
Sub-Region:

Alsace

- A region and appellation in France that has been a part of both France and Germany throughout history. Geologically isolated from both countries, Alsace has also maintained much of its own culture and wine tradition, while also being influenced by the traditions of both countries. Alsatian wine is easily recognized by it traditional tall bottles. Alsatian wine makers produce a unique style of varietal wine, 90 percent of which is white.