This estate is located in the small village of Wettolsheim in the heart of Alsace. Alsace is on the border of Germany and France, and in fact at different times during its long history and after many wars it has been considered part of both countries.
It is also one of the prettiest wine regions you will ever see, with a series of small medieval villages that are scattered throughout the region with their cobble stone streets, thatched houses and vineyards leading right up to their doors. It looks like something out of a story book and the quality of the wines and food are second to none. In fact there are more Michelin Star restaurants in Alsace than any other region in France.
Alsace is all about white wines, with a focus on Riesling, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris and Gewürztraminer, with the red wines taking a back seat.
Albert Mann have been making wine in Alsace since the 18th century and today they are headed by two brothers Maurice and Jacky Barthelm. The first thing to know about Albert Mann is that they are a Biodynamic and fully organic wine producer.
Since a good Pinot Blanc has fresh acidity as well as full bodied, it works really well with a wide range of foods, from salmon, through to Thai style flavours and Italian Prosciutto – Perfect for most of the Asian flavours we are used to in Australia.
The 2009 was a good vintage in Alsace and this wine shows great minerality and throws aromas of white peaches and a slight nutty, white pepper flavour. The wine is elegant with loads of finesse with some honeyed grapefruit and fine acidity.