Dopff Au Moulin, Alsace, Brand de Turckheim Grand Cru Gewürztraminer 2013

Dopff Au Moulin, Alsace, Brand de Turckheim Grand Cru Gewürztraminer 2013


A lovely expression of Gewurztraminer with spice and lychee fruits on a full, fleshy, ripe and rich palate with a delightful balanced sweetness, elegant and full flavoured.

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Vintage - 2013

Country - France

Region - Alsace

Grape Varieties - Gewürztraminer 100%

Alcohol by volume - 12.5%

Bottle - 75cl

The Dopff family has been winegrowers since 1574 and still manage the 70 hectare estate near the charming medieval town of Riquewihr. The vineyards are more than 300 metres above sea level, nestled in the foothills of the lower Vosges. As a family of pioneers, they were responsible for the use of the stemmed wine bottles, which today distinguish Alsace wines from other regions. In 1900, tenth generation Julien Dopff was so impressed by the Champagne tastings held in Paris' World Exhibition, he learnt the art of winemaking in Champagne for two years before returning to Alsace. After WW II Julien Dopff strongly believed that a Crémant made from local grape varieties and reflecting the terroir of Alsace should be produced and protected. In 1976, together with five other producers, he finally obtained official recognition for Crémant d'Alsace as an AOC.

The Grand Cru classified vineyard of Brand overlooks the town of Turckheim and reaches an altitude of 343 metres above sea level. The wines of the Brand vineyard have been highly reputed since the 14th century, covering 58 hectares, of which Dopff au Moulin owns 3.2 hectares. The vineyard faces South and South-East and features very steep slopes. The soil consists of "Turckheim granite" with black and white micas, which is characterised by a low water retention capacity. The steep slopes combined with the granite soils, contribute to the rapid warming of the soil, which helps to encourage the vine to mature. The vines are trained to a Guyot system with green harvest and meticulous canopy management to ensure good light penetration and air flow to the berries. Yields are low at 26 hectolitres per hectare.

The grapes were manually harvested at 107° Oechsles. Gentle pneumatic pressing took place in whole bunches without crushing the grapes. A static racking of the must was followed by a slow temperature controlled fermentation in stainless steel. The wine was stored in old oak casks on the fine lees for several months.

A lovely expression of Gewurztraminer with spices and candied fruits on a full, fleshy, ripe but fresh palate. Great length and balance, quite superb. Delicious as an apéritif or a dessert wine. Try with foie gras, strong cheeses and chocolate desserts.