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Producer: Dopff au MoulinGrape Varieties: 100% GewurztraminerOptimum Drinking: Within 5 yearsWine Style: Powerful spicy whiteAlcohol by Volume: 13%Country: France
An intense bouquet delivering an explosion of exotic fruits - from lychee, passionfruit, and pineapple to mango. Floral hints of rose, orange citrus notes, honey and spicy gingerbread complete this complex, richly textured and aromatic wine.
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 vineyard is situated in the lieu-dit of Gehey, in Riquewihr, on a gently sloping hillside with an eastern orientation. The terroir is made up of sandy clay soils with good drainage. Pruned according to the Guyot system, the vines undergo a green harvest and meticulous canopy management, to ensure good light penetration and air flow during the ripening period. The grapes are harvested by hand when they have reached optimum maturity.
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, the varietal characteristics of Gewürztraminer and the absolute expression of terroir.
Delicious with lobster or spicy duck dishes.
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