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Dopff au Moulin, Cremant d Alsace, Cuvee Julien Brut NV (1x75cl)

Country: France
Region: Alsace
Grape Variety: Auxerrois | Pinot Blanc
Vegan: Yes
Bottle Size: 75cl
ABV: 12.0%
Product Code: FRAL0179BNVS
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Your price: £15.98

Awarded 91 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter ( in their August 2021 article on Cremant(s) (see blue link below for the review)

Dopff au Moulin, Cremant d Alsace, Cuvee Julien Brut NV - August 2021 Decanter review

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.

Made from ~50% Auxerrois, which is a sibling grape variety of Chardonnay mainly grown in Alsace, and ~50% Pinot Blanc. The Auxerrois is an earlier ripener, added to the blend for its low acidity and body. The grapes are mainly sourced from vineyards in the Colmar area. Grown in a light sandy soil, with good drainage, the vines are trained according to the Guyot method. Green harvesting takes place along with meticulous canopy management to ensure good light penetration and air flow.

The grapes are gently crushed and pressing is limited to 100 litres of must per 150kg of grapes. The first fermentation is carried out in stainless steel and glass tanks, while the second fermentation takes place in the bottle, using the traditional Champagne method. The wine is aged for 18 months in bottle on its lees with automatic riddlings using gyropallets. This Crémant D'Alsace is mostly based on a single vintage.

This a dry (residual sugar estimated at around 12g/litre) and elegant Crémant, showing hints of quince and white flowers, fine bubbles with good length and weight. Ideal as an apéritif or excellent white fish, sushi, oysters or fresh fruit.

This wine is suitable for vegetarians and vegans.