2014 Schlumberger Saering Riesling Grand Cru Alsace

SKU #1355731 96 points Wine Enthusiast

 A touch of lemon balm adds a breezy freshness to the nose, while a pure, bright and precise notion of ripe lemon pervades and takes over the entire palate. On its fringes, delicious hints of chamomile and chervil appear alongside ripe red apple. This is a tantalizing charmer in spite of its absolute dryness and vivid acidity. *Editors' Choice* (AK)  (12/2017)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2014 Riesling Grand Cru Saering opens with a clear, very intense and perfectly ripe fruit aroma that indicates a very late harvest and the acceptance of some botrytis as well. However, this wine does not lack precision or freshness, but displays a perfect ripeness and purity as well. On the palate it is a rich, clear and elegant, full-bodied, complex and salty Riesling with a mouth-filling fruit intensity, but also great finesse and mineral expression. This is old-school Riesling at its best, a really impressive vin de garde. (SR)  (2/2017)

91 points Wine Spectator

 This is lightly fleshy in texture and light- to medium-bodied, offering a mouthwatering mix of ripe yellow peach, grapefruit granita, stone and spice flavors. (AN)  (11/2017)

Jancis Robinson

 Complex and creamy aroma. Lime and cedar and a touch of spice. Rich and rounded even with all this fabulous citrus freshness. Tight but full, great balance and length. 17.5/20 points (JH)  (10/2017)

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Staff Image By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/16/2018 | Send Email
This is a classic dry riesling from Alsace.The nose is a seductive mix of floral with a touch of oil. In the mouth it a lot of different flavors interact together. There are nice fruit notes with a touch of mineral and oil. The Grand Cru influence stands out with the long finish and round and medium bodied mid palate.There is a wonderful crisp finish.

Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/22/2018 | Send Email
Please allow me to quickly recap the obvious selling points (Grand Cru under $30! Strong vintage! Riesling, the last world class value white!) before focusing on this particular wine. For starters...damn, does this smell terrific and taste good! In an acid forward vintage like 2014, 'Saering' could very well be an anagram for 'searing, 'as in, 'My, this acidity is searing.' Thing is, great vineyards yield fruit that produces wine which has acidity, fruit intensity, volume and terroir magic, all in perfect balance. All of which are present in this bottle of classically styled Alsatian Riesling. Aromas and flavors remind me of a most delicious fruit salad, one that is particularly heavy on perfectly ripe mandarins. Enjoy with a simple dish of pan fried petrale sole, or something richer like a potato and onion, gruyere and parmesan gratin.

Staff Image By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/19/2018 | Send Email
This wine is paradoxical in the best way. It smells sweet, honied tropical cool yellow fruit accents, yet it is very dry. The aromas and flavor prime you for a heavy unctuous wine yet texturally it light and lively. This wine is complex, long and demands your attention yet it is simply enjoyable. A very, very good wine.

Staff Image By: Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/19/2018 | Send Email
Wow! This is a very impressive Riesling, from the very first sniff of the glass I knew I had something very special. A vibrant nose of beeswax, stone fruit, orange oil and petrol jump from the glass. On the palate the wines has depth, complexity and unfurls across the palate to reveal pithy orchard fruits and crunchy mineral notes. If you're in search of a fantastic Grand Cru Riesling that won't break the bank this is the wine for you.
Top Value! Drink from 2018 to 2025

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Varietal:

Riesling

- While the rest of the world has often misappropriated the name--Welchriesling, Riesling Italico, Gray Riesling and Emerald Riesling are all names applied to varieties that are NOT Riesling--this exceptional German varietal has managed to maintain its identity. Perhaps its biggest claims to fame are its intoxicating perfume, often described as having honeyed stone fruit, herb, apple and citrus notes, and its incredible longevity - the wines lasting for decades. Aged Rieslings often take on a distinctive and alluring Petrol-like aroma. Within Germany, the grape seems to do best in the warming slate soils of the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer. Other German regions that turn out great Rieslings include Pfalz, Rheingau and Nahe. German Rieslings are made in a range of ripeness levels. The top wines are assigned Pr├Ądikat levels to describe their ripeness at harvest. These are: Kabinett, Sp├Ątlese, Auslese, Beerenauslese, Eiswein and Trockenbeerenauslese. Riesling has also achieved acclaim in France's Alsace, the only region in that country where the grape is officially permitted. Alsatian Rieslings are typically dry and wonderfully aromatic. Austrian Riesling is also steadily gaining praise and fine Riesling is also produced in Italy's Alto-Adige and Friuli, in Slovenia and much of Central and Eastern Europe. In the New World its stronghold is Australia, where it does best in the Eden and Clare Valleys. It is also planted in smaller amounts in New Zealand. In the US, winemakers are eschewing the syrupy sweet versions of the 1970s and 1980s, instead making elegant and balanced wines in both California and Washington State.
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.