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Producer: Dopff au MoulinGrape Varieties: 100% GewurztraminerOptimum Drinking: Within 6 yearsWine Style: Rounded spicy whiteAlcohol by Volume: 13%Country: France
Expressive, classic aromas of rose petal, jasmine and tropical fruits carry through to an opulent and beautifully structured palate with an elegant, off-dry finish.
The Dopff family has been winegrowers since 1574 and still manage the 70 hectare estate near the charming medieval town of Riquewihr. The vineyards are more than 300 metres above sea level, nestled in the foothills of the lower Vosges. As a family of pioneers, they were responsible for the use of the stemmed wine bottles, which today distinguish Alsace wines from other regions. In 1900, tenth generation Julien Dopff was so impressed by the Champagne tastings held in Paris' World Exhibition, he learnt the art of winemaking in Champagne for two years before returning to Alsace. After WW II Julien Dopff strongly believed that a Crémant made from local grape varieties and reflecting the terroir of Alsace should be produced and protected. In 1976, together with five other producers, he finally obtained official recognition for Crémant d'Alsace as an AOC.
2017 is characterised as being an early vintage, of high quality but low yields. Mild weather in February and March was followed by a severe frost at the end of April, with snow falling above 700 metres altitude. A hot and exceptionally sunny May ensured that flowering started in early June. The summer months saw peaks of pleasant, sunny weather, but a distinct lack of rainfall. September was cooler and harvest took place in good conditions, although the spring frost and summer drought resulted in reduced yields.
The vines are pruned according to the Guyot system, with a green harvest and meticulous canopy management to ensure good light penetration and air flow. The vineyards are made up of sandy clay soils with good drainage.
The grapes were harvested at optimum maturity and carefully selected. The grapes were whole bunch pressed, prior to a static settling process. Fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperatures, maintaining the purity of fruit and the varietal characteristics of Gewürztraminer. The wine was bottled in early spring.
Pairs well with foie gras, Asian inspired cuisine or spicy coconut milk based dishes such as Laksa or tropical fruit desserts.
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