Fresh and lively aromas of apple blossom with notes of ripe pears combined with spice and white pepper.
Established in Riquewihr in 1574, the Dopff family has dedicated itself to producing fine Alsatian wine for over 13 generations. A pioneering family, they were responsible for the stemmed wine bottles, which today still distinguish Alsace wines from other regions. In 1900, tenth generation Julien Dopff was so impressed by the Champagne tastings held in Paris, he learnt the art of winemaking in Champagne for two years before returning to Alsace. After WWII Julien Dopff strongly believed that a Crémant made from local grape varieties which reflected the terroir of Alsace should be protected. In 1976, together with five other producers, Dopff finally obtained official recognition for Crémant d'Alsace as an AOC. Their 70 hectares of vineyard are situated at 300 metres elevation, nestled in the foothills of the Vosges Mountains.
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 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.
Fresh and lively aromas of citrus and apple blossom. Crisp, dry and smooth with subtle spice, this Pinot Blanc is easy drinking in style.
Pinot Blanc 100%