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Producer: Dopff au MoulinGrape Varieties: 100% RieslingOptimum Drinking: Within 3 yearsWine Style: Crisp fruity bone dry whiteAlcohol by Volume: 12.5%Closure: ScrewcapCountry: France
A delicate floral bouquet is complemented by characteristic and vibrant lime and lemon notes. Lively and zesty on the palate with refreshing, mineral notes; this is a great expression of Alsace Riesling.
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 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.
Facing south to south east, the vineyard lines the Riquewihr hillside and has an average altitude of 250 metres above sea level. The vines are pruned to the Guyot system, with a green harvest and meticulous canopy management to ensure good light penetration and air flow. The soils in the vineyard are made up of Vosges sandstone, gravel and muschelkalk.
The grapes were harvested at optimum maturity, carefully selected and pressed in whole bunches. A short sedimentation was followed by fermentation in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperatures. This was made in an unoaked style maintaining the purity of fruit, the varietal characteristics of Riesling and the absolute expression of terroir.
Excellent with fish dishes and seafood - especially oysters. Also superb with white meats served in a rich, creamy wine sauce.
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