Albert Mann Pinot Blanc/Auxerrois 2022


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“In 1984, Albert Mann was a small winegrower with just 2.5 hectares/6 acres of vines when his daughter Marie-Claire married Maurice Barthelmé. The domaine had bottled its own wines since 1947, and Maurice Barthelmé set the course for expansion. His brother Jacky Barthelmé joined the company in 1989. The brothers were determined to make quality wine and wanted the best sites. They started applying biodynamic farming methods in 1997 but did not become certified until 2017. Today, the estate owns 25 hectares/62 acres with holdings in seven grand crus and exports to 45 countries. Maurice Barthelmé and Marie-Claire Mann are now retired, and Jacky Barthelmé’s son Antoine has joined the domaine to work in the vineyards and cellar. Pauline Barthelmé, Maurice’s daughter, joined the estate in 2022 on the commercial side. Antoine Barthelmé studied in Beaune and followed this with stints at Alphonse Mellot in Sancerre, Rippon in Central Otago, Stéphane Derenoncourt’s consultancy in Bordeaux and Georges Noëllat in Vosne-Romanée. Domaine Albert Mann planted Pinot Noir in the grand cru sites of Hengst and Pfersigberg as early as 1963; the house is a beacon for that variety today. Albert Mann is another top estate at the vanguard of Alsace. Jacky Barthelmé’s attention to detail is almost obsessive, as is his desire to express his sites. An extraordinary amount of passion informs the ethos of the estate that can be felt in the exceptional and supremely expressive wines – especially in the gorgeous Pinot Noirs.”

Anne Krebiehl, Vinous (04/23)