Albert Mann Pinot Gris 2016
Considered to be among the very best Alsatian wine producers, Albert Mann is an entirely biodynamic winery run by brothers Jacky and Maurice Barthelmé. The amount of history that surrounds the Domaine is romantic as the wines are delicious. The Mann family and the Barthelmé came together in 1654 and fastforward to 1984 when Maurice married to the now late Albert Mann’s daughter. Located in Wettolsheim in the Haut-Rhin, in the heart of Alsace, the domain spans 25 hectares, a third of which are grands crus, and include the close relationship with other renowned of Paul Blanck's owners in Kientzheim, and as a result, they also hold land on the storied Grand Crus of Kientzheim, Furstentum, and Schlossberg- three well respected and beautiful properties growing some of the best grapes in Alsace.
This wine is part of Albert Mann's “Tradition” line, a recognisable label designed by local graphic design artist François Bruetschy. The purpose of this line is to highlight the grape varietal in all its natural splendour, and in this case, the Pinot Gris grape does just that. The Wettolsheim and Kientzheim parcels, which have chalk and clay-based soils, are where the vines are raised, bringing out very generous and enticing aromas of golden apple, fresh squeezed orange and fresh baked bread. The palate may not be driven with strong acidity, but it has a fabulous backbone of minerality.
Get this wine if you want a wine that has a lot to say. It’s loquacious, pretty and chalk full of history and great aromas. Pair with intelligent conversation and a lemon and summer squash risotto.