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Producer: Dopff au MoulinGrape Varieties: 100% Pinot BlancOptimum Drinking: Within 3 yearsWine Style: Fruity dry whiteAlcohol by Volume: 12.5%Closure: ScrewcapCountry: France
Fresh and lively aromas of citrus and apple blossom. Crisp, dry and smooth with subtle spice, this Pinot Blanc is easy drinking in style.
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 trained according to the Guyot system. Green harvests in conjunction with strict canopy management, ensure good light penetration and ventilation for the berries during the ripening period. The soils in the vineyard are marl and sandstone. The grapes are manually harvested once they have reached optimum maturity.
The fermentation took place under low, temperature controlled conditions, in order to maintain the aromatics and the purity of fruit. Successive rackings were undertaken for clarification, then the wine was stored on its lees for five months in steel tanks, adding weight on the palate and concentrating the flavours.
This is a great match with fish or white meat dishes in a rich, creamy, white wine sauce. Also accompanies traditional starters from Alsace, such as onion tart, tarte flambée or snails.
Pinot Blanc 100%
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