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Albert Mann Riesling Schlossberg Grand Cru 2016

Albert Mann Riesling Schlossberg Grand Cru 2016

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"Vivid straw-green. Complex aromas of lemon, apple, minerals and smoke. Very closed and tight on the palate, but at once powerful and ripe, offering saline, fresh citrus and smoky flavors. Finishes long, classically dry (6 g/L residual sugar and 8.1 g/L total acidity) and austere, and is yet another very flavorful wine I tasted from Mann this year without much in the way of octane strength (12.5% alcohol). These grapes were harvested on October 17; according to Marie-Thérèse Barthelmé, the 2016 Schlossberg has the balance of the standout 2008 they made from this vineyard. A real knockout. Drinking window: 2022-2030. 94 points

At Albert Mann, the Barthelmé brothers are very attentive to picking grapes as fast as possible so as to avoid losing aromas and flavors to oxidative effects. For this reason, they employ one of the largest numbers of pickers in the region when harvest time arrives. The estate is also devoted to parcellar vinifications (winemaking plot by plot), mainly because of the very different times at which the many different grape varieties ripen in Alsace (a situation made that much more complex by the region’s myriad terroirs). At Albert Mann, the goal is to make elegant dry wines that make you want to drink while eating. Mann is celebrating 20 years of biodynamic agriculture in 2017."

Ian D'Agata, Vinous (04/18)