"Intense and aromatic on the nose, the 2013 Riesling Grand Cru Schlossberg indicates a super ripeness and intertwines pineapple flavors with floral notes on the nose. A crystalline acidity combined with great finesse and lightness on the palate characterizes this elegant and stimulatingly salty Riesling, which seems to dance its 20 grams of residual sugar away from the palate. The finish is long, yet still slightly restrained.
Domaine Albert Mann in Wettolsheim cultivates a total of 21 hectares of vines in eight villages and five grands crus, adhering to biodynamic principles. From a total of 120 blocks and due to the highly complex geology, the domaine -- directed by Maurice and Jacky Barthelmé and their wives Marie-Claire and Marie-Thérèse since more than 25 years -- bottles about 35 different wines per year, which add up to 10,000 cases; 65% are exported, mainly into the United States. "We could easily sell the double, but since the last two vintages 2013 and 2014 were extremely low-yielding, we have almost nothing left to sell," Maurice told me when I visited the Domaine in June 2015.
The family domaine has made its reputation with very clear, aromatic, and round wines of Gewurztraminer and Riesling, but also with Pinot Noir of which four different cuvées are produced. They all rank amongst the finest red wines produced in Alsace, and there has probably not been any better 2013s produced in all of Alsace, than these of the Barthelmés."
Score: 92 points -- Stephen Reinhardt, Wine Advocate, Oct 2015