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Dopff au Moulin Gewurztraminer Brand de Turkheim Grand Cru 2013
One Case ( 6 Bottles ): £163.20
Country - France
Region - Alsace
Grape Varieties - Gewürztraminer 100%
Alcohol by volume - 12.5%
Bottle - 75cl
Producer - Dopff Au Moulin
Tasting notes - A lovely expression of Gewurztraminer with spices and candied fruits on a full, fleshy, ripe but fresh palate. Great length and balance, quite superb.
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A lovely expression of Gewurztraminer with spice and
lychee fruits on a full, fleshy, ripe and rich palate with a
delightful balanced sweetness, elegant and full
The Dopff family have 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, sheltered
from the northerly winds and the rain from the west. The southerly exposure of the
vineyards and favourable microclimate lend themselves to the art of producing
excellent wine. As a family of pioneers, they were responsilble 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 decided to learn the art of winemaking in
Champagne for 2 years before returning to Alsace. Initially, the Dopff family bought
juice in barrels from Champagne, blended, processed and aged the wines in
Ricquewihr. However, 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 5 other producers, he finally
obtained official recognition for Crémant d'Alsace as an AOC.
The Grand Cru classified vineyard of Brand overlooks the town of Turckheim and
reaches an altitude of 343 metres above sea level. The wines of the Brand vineyard
have been highly reputed since the 14th century, covering 58 hectares, of which
Dopff au Moulin owns 3.2 hectares. The vineyard faces South and South-East and
features very steep slopes. The soil consists of "Turckheim granite" with black and
white micas, which is characterised by a low water retention capacity. The steep
slopes combined with the granite soils, contribute to the rapid warming of the soil,
which helps to encourage the vine to mature. The vines are trained to a Guyot
system with green harvest and meticulous canopy management to ensure good
light penetration and air flow to the berries. Yields are low at 26 hectolitres per
The grapes were manually harvested at 15° Oechsles. Gentle pneumatic pressing
took place in whole bunches without crushing the grapes. A static racking of the
must was followed by a slow temperature controlled fermentation in stainless steel.
The wine was stored in old oak casks on the fine lees for several months.
A lovely expression of Gewurztraminer with spices and candied fruits on a full, fleshy,
ripe but fresh palate. Great length and balance, quite superb.
Delicious as an apéritif or a dessert wine. Try with foie gras, strong cheeses and
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