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Now run by the 6th and 7th generations, Domaines Schlumberger was founded in 1810 by Nicolas Schlumberger, who established vineyards on the renowned slopes above the town of Guebwiller. These vineyard sites have a history of viticulture, having been planted since 207AD. Through successive generations the holding has grown to be one of France’s largest and finest domaines. Domaines Schlumberger now own 130 hectares of vineyards, 70 of which are Grand Cru. This makes them not only the largest owner of vineyards in Alsace, but also the largest owner of Grand Cru in the region.
Today Alain Beydon-Schlumberger runs the winery together with nephew, Thomas and niece, Severine. Cellar Master since 2000, Alain Freyburger who joined the team in 1995, works closely with Vineyard Manager, Michel Otterman. Both Alain and Michel are born and bred in Alsace and have an indepth understanding of Alsatian varietals.
The vineyards include four Grand Cru sites which contribute to more than 50% of production. Yields are kept deliberately low, often a necessity on the steeper slopes of light sandy soil which can be as much as 60 degrees gradient. The vines are horizontally planted in rows protected by 50 kilometres of dry-stone walls to prevent soil erosion.
The vineyards have the best exposure (south to south east) and a cooling breeze, allowing the organically farmed grapes, to reach optimum maturity producing healthy grapes. Yields are much lower than the regional average yield with a clear focus on producing quality wines, with remarkable purity of fruit.