The fermentation to produce the Pinot Blanc Dopff au Moulin took place under low, temperature-controlled conditions, in order to maintain the aromatics and the purity of fruit. Successive rackings were undertaken for clarification, then the wine was stored on its lees for five months in steel tanks, adding weight on the palate and concentrating the flavours.
The vines are trained according to the Guyot system. Green harvests in conjunction with strict canopy management, ensure good light penetration and ventilation for the berries during the ripening period. The soils in the vineyard are marl and sandstone. The grapes are manually harvested once they have reached optimum maturity.
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.