The grapes to produce the Pinot Noir Rouge des 2 Cerfs Dopff au Moulin were hand-harvested at optimum maturity, carefully selected and the whole bunch pressed. Fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperatures and lasted for 12 days. The wine was aged in stainless steel vats maintaining the purity of fruit, the varietal characteristics of Pinot Noir and the nuances of the Alsace terroir.
The vines are Guyot pruned and undergo a green harvest and meticulous canopy management to ensure good light penetration and airflow, resulting in healthy, concentrated berries. The soils in the vineyard are predominantly granitic.
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.