To produce the Riesling Schonenbourg Grand Cru Dopff au Moulin whole bunches were gently pneumatically pressed without crushing. Static racking of the must was followed by a slow, temperature-controlled fermentation in stainless steel, preserving the purity of fruit. After the fermentation, the wine was stored in old oak casks on its fine lees for several months, adding subtle complexity.
Schoenenbourg means the beautiful hill and is one of the most prestigious Grand Cru classified vineyards in Alsace. Located North of Riquewihr, the vineyard runs along the rather steep south and south-eastern flanks of the hillside, at an altitude of 265 to 380 metres above sea-level. The Dopff au Moulin Schoenenbourg vineyard covers 8.8 hectares. The vines are grown in water-retaining subsoils of Keuper marl, dolomite and gypsum, which are rich in fertilising agents, overlaid with fine layers of
quaternary siliceous gravel, Vosges sandstone and muschelkalk (shellbearing limestone). Pruned according to the Guyot method with green harvests and meticulous canopy management to ensure good light penetration and airflow.