The grapes used to produce the Riesling Dopff au Moulin were harvested at optimum maturity, carefully selected and pressed in whole bunches. Short sedimentation was followed by fermentation in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperatures. This was made in an unoaked style maintaining the purity of fruit, the varietal characteristics of Riesling and the absolute expression of terroir.
With a south to south eastern orientation, the vineyard lines the Riquewihr hillside and has an average elevation of 250 metres above sea level. The vines are pruned to the Guyot system, with a green harvest and meticulous canopy management to ensure good light penetration and airflow. The soils in the vineyard are made up of Vosges sandstone, gravel and muschelkalk.
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.