2013 Schlumberger Saering Riesling Grand Cru Alsace

SKU #1284677 95 points Wine & Spirits

 With 55 acres in Saering, Schlumberger owns two-thirds of this grand cru, a hillside that extends down onto the plain, where it forms the shape of a ring. Schlumberger harvested this vineyard on October 4th, before a major storm, and then again on the 7th, after the well-drained soils, a former seabed of marl, limestone and sandstone, had helped the vines to recover from the rain. The combination of ripeness and acidity in this wine makes the structure compelling, while the evocative scents and flavors mirror that dynamic: a burst of ripe, mid-summer peach with a luscious drop of honey to contrast the fresh line of limestone acidity. That acidity is evocative of crisp apples and crushed seashells, a mineral line to draw the flavors forward and upward. Fresh and beautiful.  (12/2016)

91 points Wine Spectator

 An aromatic white, with ground spice and fresh-chopped herb accents, this finely knit, fresh and linear version offers an underpinning of smoky minerality and creamy flavors of dried apricot, kumquat and melon. Drink now through 2023. (AN)  (9/2016)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 From the siliceous, rather heavy, sandy marl soil with abundant rubble the 2013 Riesling Grand Cru Saering offers dark fruit aromas along with coolish mineral flavors on the nose. Full-bodied, round, and juicy, this is an intense, fruity and already accessible and stimulatingly salty Riesling for the next 10 years. (SR)  (6/2015)

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Staff Image By: Eric Story | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/13/2016 | Send Email
"Well, hello there" is what this fantastic Riesling immediately says to you. Bursting with citrus, honey and minerals. This wine is precise with really nice tension running through the entire experience. Drinking wonderfully now and will only get better over the next ten years. This is a beauty!

Staff Image By: Lilia McIntosh | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/13/2016 | Send Email
This is quite a powerhouse of a Riesling! Gorgeous wine, bone dry, deep and dense in structure. It starts with aromas of nectarine, honeysuckle and hints of meadow flowers and honey. It's completely dry and full of mouthwatering acidity and long citrusy finish.

Staff Image By: Mahon McGrath | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/12/2016 | Send Email
You get the wet stone minerality here, only the stones have been moistened with petrol rather than water this time: the two scents are closely intertwined in the Saering. There's also a good dollop of quince, too. The palate offers plenty of tart citrus, salt and chive set against sweet apple and blossoms. Texturally, this is full for a dry Riesling. If this is not bone dry, you'd be hard pressed to call this puckery of a wine "sweet". Rather, it serves to underscore the flavors and buffer the considerable acidity.

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- 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.


- 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.


- 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.