Dopff Au Moulin Alsace Chardonnay Brut Nature Sans Souffre Ajoute Cremant d'Alsace 2017

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Dopff Au Moulin Alsace Chardonnay Brut Nature Sans Souffre Ajoute Cremant d'Alsace 2017

Country - France

Region - Alsace

Grape Varieties - Chardonnay 100%

Alcohol by volume - 12.5%

Bottle - 75cl

Producer - Dopff Au Moulin

Tasting notes - 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.

Dopff Au Moulin Alsace Chardonnay Brut Nature Sans Souffre Ajoute Cremant d'Alsace 2017
A richly flavoured and creamy Crémant d'Alsace
displaying candied yellow fruit entwined with a nutty
and smoky character and with a lovely savoury finish.

Producer Note
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.

Vintage
2017 was 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 falling 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.

Vineyard
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.

Winemaking
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 2016, when it underwent the secondary fermentation in the
bottle. It spent 39 months on the lees, adding texture and complexity, until
disgorgement.

Tasting Note
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.

Grape
Chardonnay 100%
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