This month of romance, the message is in the bottle — Gewürztraminer charms with notes of roses and a palate that ranges from medium dry to sweet.
The key to Alsace’s most characteristic grape, Gewürztraminer, is terroir, and the prized Kitterlé grand cru dates to Roman times and subsequently the Schlumberger family for six generations. Domaines Schlumberger Gewürztraminer Grand Cru Kitterlé 2010 comes from vines grown on steep, ‘calfbreaker’ volcanicsandstone vineyards, resulting in an attractive minerality. The nose is of light floral rose, leading to elaborate candied flavours laced with a characteristic bitterness. Like most Gewürztraminer, you can easily pair this with spicy Asian dishes, cheese or wine-infused desserts. $78 from Grand Vin.
Excerpt from the February 2017 issue of epicure.