John Gilman 90
"When I first was introduced to the Barthelmé brothers’ wines in the early 1990s, I bought a case of their excellent Pinot Auxerrois Vieilles Vignes in several vintages. The wine always aged beautifully and has been an extraordinary value for a long time. I wonder if the vintages under screwcap will age as gracefully as those old vintages did under cork? In any case, the 2018 version is excellent out of the blocks, offering up a bright and complex bouquet of white peach, clementine, a hint of guava, a beautiful base of chalky soil tones and a floral topnote redolent of both citrus blossoms and honeysuckle. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, crisp and wide open in personality, with a succulent core of fruit, good soil signature, fine focus and grip and a long, zesty finish. This is a 2018, so the acids frame the wine nicely, but probably will not supply a chassis for longer-term cellaring, but in any case, the wine is so delicious out of the blocks that not too many people are going to be inclined to defer gratification! 2020-2026. 90 pts."
100% Auxerrois from 45+ year-old vines. Organically- and Biodynamically-farmed; hand-harvested from Kientzheim and Wettolsheim. Expressive nose of orchard fruits; fresh and delicious on the palate with similar orchard fruit flavors; beautifully balanced.
Albert MannView all from Albert Mann
The goal of the estate is to produce wine that is in harmony with nature. Wine is the memory of the grape and is capable of transmitting the taste of the earth.
Since 2000, the estate's wine have been organically certified by Ecocert. We began practising biodynamic viticulture in 1997 in three Grands Crus vineyards. Over the following years, we applied biodynamics across the entirety of our estate and since 2010, we have been in the process of receiving biodynamic certification from Biodyvin.
The viticultural practice is labour intensive and more costly but it gives the wine the purest reflection of its terroir and its own identity. In plowing the vineyards, we manage to make the roots go down to a maximum depth to capture the minerals of the rock degradation.