At Michel-Schlumberger, our winemaking philosophy is to craft elegant wines with a real sense of place – beautifully balanced and expressive of our dramatic vineyard landscape.
As 100% estate produced wine, each bottle speaks to the distinct soil, climate, and topography of our sustainably-farmed property, on the hillsides west of Dry Creek Valley. Nature is the dominant force in our terroir-driven winemaking approach. Sun-drenched days, moderated by cool coastal fog combine with volcanic gravelly soils and dramatic topography. The result is an ideal backdrop for creating balanced fruit, and full-flavored, complex wines. As winemakers and stewards of the land, we guide the process from vine to bottle by promoting healthy vineyards, walking every row, and sampling every barrel.
Each fall, grapes are hand-harvested in small batches during the cool early morning hours, then gently crushed and de-stemmed at the winery. We employ classic winemaking techniques for all of our estate wines, including sur lie aging prior to racking to enhance complexity and depth, and barrel aging in French oak for overall balance in the final blend.
Small-Lot Estate Wines
This collection spotlights the distinct and extraordinary flavors born of our vineyard — from singular clone and block selections that are truly exceptional to robust blends that boast profound intensity and structure.
The grapes, cultivated in the varied soils and microclimates within our estate’s benchland and mountain vineyards, yield elegant and intricate wines that beautifully articulate the unique terroir of Michel-Schlumberger.
This series represents the crème de la crème of our winemaking endeavors. We hand-select individual rows of vines that consistently produce the finest grapes. These vines receive meticulous care at every stage, from the delicate art of pruning to the crucial moment of harvest.
This dedicated care is carried through fermentation and maturation stages, culminating in our most distinguished, premium lots. The resulting wines are expertly blended to craft a unique and elegant Platinum label.
This collection of wines is crafted to highlight the distinctive “Estate” character of the varietals grown in our vineyards.
The grapes for these wines are handpicked from select parcels nestled within our small pocket canyon on the western slopes of Dry Creek Valley.
The diverse array of clones and the fusion of benchland and mountain-top soils imbues our wine with a unique complexity, making each sip a journey of discovery.
Michel-Schlumberger extra dry sparkling wine is crafted from grapes grown at our Benchland Estate Vineyard in Sonoma County. Our brut and rosé deliver a soft, bubbly mouthfeel with bright, crisp flavors.
Our sparkling wines are aged a minimum of 12 months and produced using traditional méthode champenoise. This classic French method induces a secondary, in-bottle fermentation to create tiny bubbles and complex flavors that continue to develop as it ages.
A selection of perfectly aged Estate wines straight from our own cellar.
A limited selection of 1.5L winemaker’s reserve bottles.