Albert Mann 2016 Riesling 'Cuvée Albert'
Albert Mann is a progressive domaine that must be ranked among the very top of Alsace producers. Since 1984, it has been run by Jacky and Maurice Barthelmé. The latter is married to Marie-Claire, granddaughter of the late Albert Mann.
The style is powerful with full respect for the terroir.
Albert Mann works with high ecological ambitions, and applies a minimum of fertilizers in the vineyards. Hard pruning results in low yields and high must weights. The overall result is complex wines with superior balance and outstanding cellaring potential.
Always organic and now certified Biodynamic, the Barthelmé brothers cultivate precisely controlled yields to obtain grapes of elevated maturity and complex substance.
Never heavy, clumsy or out of balance, each carefully crafted vintage presents a beautiful delineation of flavors and precise textures.
“Cuvee Albert” designates wines made from extremely old vines grown on the original Albert Mann estate.
Albert’s Son-in-Law, Maurice Barthelmé originally fought to remove the oldest Riesling vines from the estate in favor of a modernist style of farming.
It was a conflict between the two men that would last years.
Slowly, Barthelmé came around and realized the wisdom of retaining these special vines and, after Albert Mann’s passing, named the wine made from these vineyards in Albert’s honor.