Albert Mann is a progressive domaine that must be ranked among the very top of Alsace producers. Since 1984, it is run by Jacky and Maurice Barthelmé. The latter is married to Marie-Claire, granddaughter of the late Albert Mann.
The family has close family ties with the owners of Paul Blanck in Kientzheim which explains why vines on the two Grands Crus of Kientzheim, Furstentum and Schlossberg are included in the portfolio of Albert Mann.
Besides the above mentioned, Albert Mann farms land on Grands Crus Hengst (Wintzenheim) and Steingrubler (Wettolsheim) and some outstanding Lieux-dits. In all, the domaine covers 19 ha in as much as 8 communes.
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. On remarkable terroirs as Hengst and Furstentum, which naturally offers high acidity, the overall result is complex wines with superiour balance and outstanding cellaring potential.
For the basic cuvées, Albert Mann uses screw caps, a very wise decision illustrating the respect that the domaine shows its customers. The families are very hospitable, the tasting room is well staffed and the website of the domaine is quite informative.
In recent years, this dynamic domaine has risen to the level of the very top producers in Alsace, and thus in France and consequently also in the entire world. However, in contrary to other domaines at this level, the wines of Albert Mann are never overly extrovert or "showey". The just express true class based on genuine savoir faire and respect for the terroirs, for the present and for the future.
First visit: 2005
Latest visit: 2011