Albert Mann 2018 Vieilles Vignes Auxerrois

$ 28.99
Pinot Auxerrois or Auxerrois Blanc de Laquenexy or also Auxerrois Blanc, is a white wine grape that is mainly planted in Alsace, and is also grown in Germany and Luxembourg. It is a full sibling of Chardonnay that is often blended with the similar Pinot Blanc grape variety. Auxerrois Blanc is thought to have originated in Lorraine, rather than near Auxerre in the Yonne. Recent DNA fingerprinting suggests that it is a cross between Gouais blanc and Pinot noir, the same ancestry as Chardonnay.  Mann's Vieilles Vignes bottling is 100% Auxerrois from 45+ year-old vines that are organically- and biodynamically-farmed; hand-harvested from their vineyards in Kientzheim and Wettolsheim.  Discreet yet expressive, the nose is fresh and mineral with ripe and unripe white core fruit, peach, citrus and earthy tones complemented by floral, blossom hints. The palate is quite silky, oily or waxy, nicely filling, full of white core fruit, peach, grapefruit and unripe pineapple, with floral hints and loaded with enhancing minerality. It drinks like replenishing mountain spring water, with "fat", nutritive and needed mineral components. The finish is focus and long with great acidity, wet-stone minerality, fresh green almond and citrus peel notes.