Domaines Schlumberger Cuvée Eric Riesling Vendanges Tardives 2014
Preserved mandarins are evoked on the nose. The palate continues this rich and luscious but zesty citrus game: tangerine, clementine and orange weave their sweet-tart aromatic course across the palate and into your heart. This has lovely richness but not an ounce of fat. Streamlined Riesling freshness bathes rich late harvest sweetness in bright refreshing light. The zesty finish makes you crave more. Drink now through 2030.
Named for the first time (after the father of Severine and Thomas), the 2014 Riesling Vendanges Tardives Cuvée Eric is complex and fresh on the nose, pretty mineral and rather spicy than fruity. On the palate, this is a rich and sweet but also piquant and well-structured Riesling with grip, salt and mineral expression. It's really digestible and a food wine rather than a dessert wine. Keep it for 10 or 20 years and then try it with game. This wine is rarely produced, only in 2000, 2005, 2009 and 2015.