Dopff Cuvee Julien Cremant d'Alsace
This stunning Cremant d'Alsace is produced by pioneers, Dopff, whose 70 hectares of vineyard are situated at 300 metres elevation in the foothills of the Vosges Mountains. Hand harvested Auxerrois and Pinot Blanc grapes are vinified using the Traditional Method, without the addition of sulphur throughout the entire process. Gentle pressing with first juice fermented in stainless steel and glass. Secondary fermentation in the bottle, with at least 18 months on the lees.
The result is a wine of great depth that is pale golden in colour, with delicate columns of fine bubbles. Quince and white flower aromas entwine with ripe apple on the crisp yet velvety palate. Harmonious balance, good length and weight. Refreshing, with a savoury finish. Try with spiced calamari, grilled salmon, chicken noodles or vegetable stir fry.
Established in 1574, the Dopff family has dedicated itself to producing fine Alsatian wine for over 13 generations. 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. He later strongly believed that a Crémant made from local grape varieties which reflected the terroir of Alsace should be protected, and in 1976, together with five other producers, Dopff finally obtained official recognition for Crémant d'Alsace as an AOC.