An estate in Alsace that we have never offered before, the Mann estate is the culmination of two families, the Manns, and the Barthelmés. Located in Wettolsheim, the estate has operated for several decades, working with all the traditional varietals of Alsace, which they have Biodynamically tended since 1997. The estate is pleased with the health of their vineyards since switching to biodynamics, and the overall individual expression of each site has been amplified, bringing out the quintessence of the terroir.
The Hengst is one of the Domaines grand cru selections and is a rather serious example of Pinot Gris that shows some restraint on nose building in complexity as it opens up revealing beautiful fruit of juicy peaches. The palate has power and richness with a perception of tannins which is a signature for the Hengst cru but is met with minerals and a soaring acidity that delivers incredible energy to the wine. While this isn't a typical offer for us, it's something a little different and off the beaten path for those looking to try something new, and it is a fantastic example of what Pinot Gris can be in the right hands. We have some of the only bottles in the US which are due to arrive next week at this low pricing.
James Suckling 96 pts! "The full, stone-fruit nose is a little deceptive, because it makes you think that this could be a nice, rich and juicy wine, and, indeed, there is some of that in there. However, behind that is a deep and massive structure that easily soaks up the natural grape sweetness. Very long and spicy finish. From biodynamically grown grapes. Drink or hold."