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 and since 2020 they hold the sustainable HVE certification.
2019 is a fresh and elegant vintage with an excellent ageing potential.
The Alsace climate is characterised by the alternation of warm days and cool nights during the autumn, which offers ideal conditions for the slow and gradual maturation of the grapes, concentrating the fruit flavours from the warmth of the sun, while retaining a balancing acidity from the cool nights. The Vosges Mountains act as a natural barrier, protecting the vineyard against heavy rainfall. This reduces the risk of disease and facilitates limited treatment in the vineyard. Dopff cultivates their vineyards using sustainable techniques and the grapes are hand-harvested at optimal maturity.
The winemaking philosophy was to use minimal intervention, specifically for this cuvée, which was vinified without the addition of sulphur throughout the entire process. The grapes were whole bunch pressed and the first pressed juice was fermented in stainless steel or concrete tanks, with carefully selected yeasts. The wine was bottled in March, when it underwent the secondary fermentation in the bottle. Matured on the lees for five months and on the slats for 20 months, adding complexity and ensuring the finest bubbles, until disgorgement. Zero dosage.
Pale golden in colour, with delicate columns of fine bubbles. Candied yellow fruit aromas entwined with a hint of smoke lead to a crisp yet velvety palate, which is harmoniously balanced with lovely structure. Refreshing, with a savoury finish.
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