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Producer: Dopff au MoulinGrape Varieties: 100% Pinot NoirOptimum Drinking: Within 5 yearsWine Style: Medium bodied fruity savoury redAlcohol by Volume: 12.5%Closure: ScrewcapCountry: France
A vibrant fruity nose with hints of violet and red wild fruit aromas. Full bodied with soft tannins on the palate and a fresh, dry and fruity 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.
Harvest started on 6th September 2018, with Auxerrois, Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris; the Riesling grapes were harvested from 20th September. The yields were higher than the previous year and the fruit picked was in an excellent, healthy condition, due to the warm, dry ripening period throughout the summer. The fruit offers concentrated flavours, with excellent maturity.
The vines are Guyot pruned and undergo a green harvest and meticulous canopy management to ensure good light penetration and air flow, resulting in healthy, concentrated berries. The soils in the vineyard are predominantly granitic.
The grapes were hand-harvested at optimum maturity and carefully selected. Fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperatures and lasted for 12 days. The wine was aged in stainless steel vats maintaining the purity of fruit and the varietal characteristics of Pinot Noir.
A versatile food wine, which accompanies cold meats platters, pâtés and terrines.
Pinot Noir 100%
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