I tried 3 different 2001 Pinot Gris wines from Alsace for this month's TAA. Officially the TAA wine is the Albert Mann Furstentum, but I felt that the distribution may not have been widespread enough to include everyone with just this one wine.
2001 Albert Mann Tokay Pinot Gris Grand Cru Furstentum
I paid about $20 for this. Pale apple juice color, tending toward gold. Very ripe tropical nose (guava?) and even a little pine. Rich ripe fruit on the palate with apricots, peaches and more tropical fruit. Very smooth in the mouth but not quite tongue-coating, slightly off-dry. Acidity is relatively low. I detected a touch of bitterness just before the finish, but then the finish lingers long.
I liked this wine a lot, solid value. 91pts.
2001 Albert Mann Tokay Pinot Gris Grand Cru Hengst
About $20. Pale gold color, quite clear. Peach and apricot nose with a steely undertone. Off-dry, medium bodied with strong fruit but a definite mineral edge. Nothing harsh on the palate and the sweetness is offset by terrific acidity. IMO this is the best of the three I’m posting on, 93pts, with potential to improve.
2001 Zind Humbrecht Pinot Gris Wintzenheim Rotenberg
I lost my notes on this, so I'll improvise. I got the for about $32 on sale. Slgihtly deeper color than the Manns. Tropical nose. Strong minerality and good apricots and peaches on the palate with a higher acidity that the Manns. This also seemed to have less residual sugar, to be almost perfectly dry, although I may have been fooled by the acidity. I really like this one too, and would probably rate it in the middle of the others, 92pts. This one probably would be better in 3-5 years as the acidity mellows out.
After writing these notes I found some information on Domaine Albert Mann. It is currently run by the husband and brother-in-law of Albert Mann's granddaughter. They have holdings in 4 grand cru vineyards (the 2 named here, Schlossberg, and Steingrubler), and manage 19 hectares in all.
Furstentum has a brown calcareous soil. Wine has been grown there since at least 1330. Hengst is a shallow stony calcareous soil. Wine has been grown there since the 9th Century. IMO the Hengst terroir showed up in the wine with a prominent steely-mineral component.
If anyone here enjoyed the furstentum and has access to the Hengst I would highly recommend it as a slight step up.
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