Auxerrois, Pinot Blanc
75cl * 12% ABV * Alsace, France
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. The vine cultivation is sustainable with the lowest use of inputs and they are preparing for full conversion to organic cultivation.
Made from 50% Auxerrois, which is a sibling grape variety of Chardonnay, mainly grown in Alsace. It 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 in its light, sandy soil. The result is a dry and elegant Crémant, showing hints of quince and white flowers, fine bubbles with good length and weight.
"The palate is complex, balanced, with a long finish and great freshness. Lovely wine, like a great quality champagne. A must-have on the list." The Wine merchant Top 100, 2022
Awards: The Wine merchant Top 100 (2016, 2022), 16 points from Jancis Robinson (2018), 92 points from Decanter (2018).