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Albert Mann Riesling Schlossberg Grand Cru 2017

Albert Mann Riesling Schlossberg Grand Cru 2017

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"Picked during three days in late September, the 2017 Riesling Grand Cru Schlossberg is very intense but fresh and pure on the spicy-granitic nose. Very elegant and juicy on the palate, this is a highly concentrated, tightly structured Schlossberg with fine and crunchy tannins, great salinity and very good aging potential. Tasted October 2018. Drink: 2022-2040. 94 points

Albert Mann has probably produced some of the finest Pinot Noir red wines in Alsace in 2016 (highly delicate, fresh and long, with deep mineral substance), which is Marie Barthelmé's favorite vintage for all the grape varieties. "All the wines are perfectly ripe and fresh, and due to their mineral character and length, these are perfect wines too have with food," she said. Pinot and Riesling are shining in 2016, even though I prefer the 2017 Riesling from the Grand Cru Schlossberg over the 2016. Of the more aromatic grapes, I didn't manage to taste the Gewürztraminer so far (but will do so soon and report), but the Pinot Gris bottlings are among the greatest I have tasted in Alsace this year. The Grand Cru Hengst seems to be a paradise for all Pinot varieties. The 2017 Pinot Gris Hengst is simply amazing.

The yields in 2016 were pretty good despite the warm and dry summer (45 hectoliters per hectare on average). The 2017 crop was reduced by 50% on average due to frost and the extremely dry and sunny summer, which caused some hydric stress situations in poorer soils and for younger vines. The 2017s I tasted here are concentrated and powerful but well-structured, spicy, palatable wines with lush fruit. 2018 cropped a bit more than 50 hectoliters per hectare, which was significantly more than the Barthelmés expected after another extremely dry and sunny vintage."

Stephan Reinhardt, Wine Advocate (239)