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Albert Mann Gewürztraminer Alsace Grand Cru Aoc Vieilles Vignes Furstentum 2007

Winemaker's Notes:

This well-regarded Alsace domaine is run by two brothers, Maurice and Jacky Barthelmé in the village of Wettolsheim, near Colmar. Maurice, who took over here in 1984, is married to the daughter of the late Albert Mann who gave his name to the domaine. It's not a huge operation: they have 22 hectares in all, but five of these are in five different Grand Cru vineyards and a further two are in lieuxdits. All the wines from the Pinot Auxerrois to the stunning SGNs are fabulous. 'In the same way that a basketball team exhibits good teamwork, winemaking duties are shared between the two Barthelmé brothers, each of whom stands a good 6'6' (Jacky is at least 6'7' and plays semi-pro basketball, a fact well-known in the French press, and thus the basketball analogy). While one brother is in the vineyard, the other is in the caves. Using the best organic methods, their domaine is guided by rules of art, with carefully controlled yields, to obtain grapes of elevated maturity with rich and complex substance. These superb grapes are then transformed in a chai of gleaming stainless steel, conceived in the style of an American winery, which allows the production of wines that are clean and pure and where often the initial rich constitution of the grapes comes to light. In this modern oenology their clay-limestone soils seem to be especially favoured because of their structure' - Revue du Vin de France.

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Albert Mann:
The birth of the Domaine Albert Mann is the fruit of the joint efforts of two big viticultural families, Mann and Barthelmé. The Mann's have been winegrowers since the beginning of the 17th century, and Barthelmé since 1654. Today the brothers, Maurice and Jacky Barthelmé, assisted by their wives, Marie-Claire and Marie-Thérèse, manage the family estate. The Domaine Albert Mann is located in W... Read more
The birth of the Domaine Albert Mann is the fruit of the joint efforts of two big viticultural families, Mann and Barthelmé. The Mann's have been winegrowers since the beginning of the 17th century, and Barthelmé since 1654. Today the brothers, Maurice and Jacky Barthelmé, assisted by their wives, Marie-Claire and Marie-Thérèse, manage the family estate. The Domaine Albert Mann is located in Wettolsheim, a small village in the south of Alsace, 1.3 miles away from Colmar. The vineyards cover an area of 47 acres spread on 8 communes. The domaine practices organic viticulture. The grapes are hand harvested, and then slowly extracted to get clear juice that doesn't need any supply of oenological products, with the exception of a small quantity of sulfur. After a fermentation of several months, the wines stay in contact with their lees that nourish them and that, at the same time, stabilize them naturally. The wines are bottled at waning moon in order to preserve the fruit. Distribution of the grape varieties • Pinot Blanc Auxerrois 25 % • Riesling 26 % • Pinot Gris 16 % • Gewurztraminer 18 % • Pinot Noir 12 % • Muscat 3 % Read less

This well-regarded Alsace domaine is run by two brothers, Maurice and Jacky Barthelmé in the village of Wettolsheim, near Colmar. Maurice, who took over here in 1984, is married to the daughter of the late Albert Mann who gave his name to the domaine. It's not a huge operation: they have 22 hectares in all, but five of these are in five different Grand Cru vineyards and a further two are in lieuxdits. All the wines from the Pinot Auxerrois to the stunning SGNs are fabulous. 'In the same way that a basketball team exhibits good teamwork, winemaking duties are shared between the two Barthelmé brothers, each of whom stands a good 6'6' (Jacky is at least 6'7' and plays semi-pro basketball, a fact well-known in the French press, and thus the basketball analogy). While one brother is in the vineyard, the other is in the caves. Using the best organic methods, their domaine is guided by rules of art, with carefully controlled yields, to obtain grapes of elevated maturity with rich and complex substance. These superb grapes are then transformed in a chai of gleaming stainless steel, conceived in the style of an American winery, which allows the production of wines that are clean and pure and where often the initial rich constitution of the grapes comes to light. In this modern oenology their clay-limestone soils seem to be especially favoured because of their structure' - Revue du Vin de France.

Dietary Information: Organic


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