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102. Domaines Schlumberger, Riesling Grand Cru Kitterlé Alsace, 1997

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2 for 2 for Schlumberger’s 1997 Kitterlé Grands Crus: Pinot Gris and Riesling both tremendously disappointing. Mid-gold / straw colour. Slight aromas of white flowers and a touch of lime are wrapped-into petrolly notes and somewhat toasty oak, to be reminiscent of prunes in a jar. Not well brought together. Thick texture but undefined – slightly rubbery? Acidic dryness in flavour. Overall not wholly appealing to any one sense. NOT good value for money, especially. So 2 bad for 2 tried: only the Gewurztraminer to go for the poor-quality hat-trick! Scared.

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