Domaines Schlumberger, Pinot Blanc, Les Princes Abbes, AOC Alsace, France, 2012
This wine: lot no. none, a blend of 70% pinot blanc with auxerrois, fermentation in thermo-regulated tuns for 1-4 months, and matured for 7 months on the fine lees, coated natural cork closure, 13% abv, Vintage Wines, £10 (11/17)
Consumer tasting note: strong aromas of stone fruit, caramelised stewed apple and honey; medium-full body, with relatively subdued flavours of pineapple skin, stewed apple and stone fruits, a whiff of almond oil, and honey showing through after a few minutes. Short-medium length. Decant for 30 minutes.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, pale intensity gold, showing tears.
Nose: clean, pronounced intensity, developing, with aromas as they come, of white peach, spicy nectarine, stewed lightly caramelised apple, hint of anise, a whiff of ripe apricot, touches of ripe grapefruit and honey.
Palate: dry, medium acidity, medium (+) alcohol, medium (+) body, medium intensity, with a smooth texture and a light grip, with flavours of pineapple skin, stewed peach, stewed apple, touch of almond oil, hint of honey. A medium (-) length with a clean stewed stone fruit finish and a very light grip.
Quality: good, with just enough acidity to balance the alcohol; intensity on the nose does not follow through to the mid-palate, similarly with the aroma profile; it has probably spent some time macerating on the skins, as witnessed by the slight grip, or perhaps some time on the lees, the length does not suggest the expense of exposure to neutral oak; moderate concentration, showing some complexity, with a little tertiary development of stewed and honeyed notes; follows into a short(ish) length.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: drink now, unsuited to further ageing – just about a sound balance, but the length and other factors say no, but will keep for a year.