Vintage 2015

The new vintage appeared as soon as the harvest ended.  Winter temperatures were mild during the first two months of the year and the period was marked by much rainfall, as well as some frost, in February.
In spring, significant water reserves flowed abundantly from neighbouring mountains down to the vineyards. Bud break, signalling the end of the vines’ dormant period, began the 9th April, which fits in amongst the average dates of the last thirty years.
On the 10th of April, our cherry tree showed signs of blossoming early, with the vines following soon thereafter and quickly developing, owing to alternating mild and damp conditions.
A very dense full flowering occurred between 30th May and 12th June in highly favourable conditions.
July and August experienced temperatures switching from hot to scorching.  For this reason, it was necessary to water the young plants for a week.
The heatwave had an impact on yields in our area, particularly where there were soils with low water-holding capacity, such as in the Hardt de Colmar, but also in the stony fields of the Kaysersberg Valley.
On the 9th and 14th August, thundershowers unleashed 70mm of much welcomed, and even advantageous, water in the Colmar region, reactivating the grape maturation process.
The vines had reacted well to the dryness.  Like goats, vines possess a strong capacity to adapt to significant variations in temperature.
Come the end of August, we had optimal conditions and on the 31st, we began harvesting the estate’s Pinot Noir parcels.
At the beginning of September, we noticed a rapid increase in temperature of over 2.5°C in 10 days.  This rise allowed us to schedule the picking over a period of four weeks.
We have already noticed that the Pinot Noirs are nicely coloured and show a high rate of anthocyanin, which is a sign of strong ageing potential and well-structured wines.  They are buoyant with stunning acidity.
The Rieslings are highly expressive, characterised by citrus flavours.  The tartaric and malic acids are balanced proportionally, particularly for the Grand Cru Furstentum and the Rosenberg.  The Grand Cru Schlossberg retains its delicate mineral style.
The Pinot Gris are of a perfect balance that fully expresses the Grand Cru Hengst.  The Grand Cru Furstentum is defined by a more saline aspect.
The Gewurztraminers are concentrated with an elegant vitality.  The punch of Grand Cru Steingrubler is present and the floral aspect of the Grand Cru Furstentum is delicate.
This year, some late harvest wines were made from our Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer parcels by picking vine-dried grapes.  The harvest then came to an end with a few litres of noble rot grapes. 
In the end, this was the third consecutive year in which we have experienced a yield shortage.  But despite this loss, we can already say that we are looking forward to wines of excellent quality.  The vintage 2015 will be one to remember.
January 2016

Domaine Albert Mann

13 rue du Château
F-68920 Wettolsheim - France
Phone :  +33 3 89 80 62 00
Fax : +33 3 89 80 34 23

Opening hours:
Monday to Saturday
9am-12pm / 2pm-6pm
Tasting by appointment

Sunday and public holidays:
The estate is closed

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