Nov 16, 2020
Séverine Schlumberger joins us for the third installment of our mini-tour of Alsace (first installment was Ep 343). To provide a counterpoint to Phillippe Blanck of Domaine Paul Blanck (Ep 250), the Schlumberger family is more devoutly French in attitude and Séverine tells us a different story of her family’s heritage, attitudes, and how Domaine Schlumberger developed and grew to become one of the largest family-owned domaines in Alsace.
Founded by Nicolas Schlumberger in 1810, Domaine Schlumberger produces all estate-bottled wines from southern Alsace. The Schlumberger vineyards are among the largest in Alsace, and one of the largest blocks of contiguous vineyards in all of France. The Schlumberger domains operate and vinify 140 ha/346 acres of vines, half of which are spread over 4 Grands Crus, which have been in the family since 1810 -- Kitterlé, Kessler, Saering and Spiegel. The vineyard is sustainably managed, 30 ha is biodynamically farmed, and the Domaine is working on organic certification for the whole property.
Séverine Schlumberger, co-owner of the Domaine, is part of the 7th generation running the estate. Here are the show notes:
First we tackle history, as it is so essential in Alsace…
Next we address the estate:
Finally, Séverine tells us her wish for the future: that Alsace wines become as popular on wine lists and in shops as Bordeaux or Rhône, and that wine lovers recognize that every white wine style made exists is in Alsace and is readily available.
I’m doing my part in drinking Alsace, I hope you are too!
My favorite quote from the show...
“For me the luxury of a
wine producers is not to drive a Ferrari or to dress Chanel, it’s
to be able to skip a wine if the vintage is not good enough, and
that’s exactly what we’re doing…and the only reason we can do that
is because we are family owned. If you belong to a big financial
group, it’s over”
*All photos from https://www.domaines-schlumberger.com
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