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Tasting the Alsace Region’s Dopff & Irion Wines

Tasting the Alsace Region’s Dopff & Irion Wines

Since the Renaissance, winemaking has thrived throughout France's Alsace region, particularly in the village of Riquewihr. Its moniker “Pearl of the Alsace” celebrates a fabled winemaking heritage as well as the village's layout and overall appearance, which hasn't changed since the Middle Ages, and some of the village’s finest wines are made by Dopff & Irion.

Founder Rene Dopff joined fortunes with the widowed Madame Irion in 1945 to establish Dopff & Irion. Dopff then took over the historic Château de Riquewihr, built in 1549 and originally owned by the Princes of Württemberg, who ruled over the city and region for five centuries.

Revolutionary at the time, Dopff's winemaking approach focused on terroir rather than specific varietals by dividing the château's 68 vineyard acres into four distinct estates, naming them Les Murailles, Les Sorcières, Les Maquisards, and Les Amandiers. Each estate today focuses on a single grape variety best suited to its micro-terroir made possible due to the differing soil types and climates situated within close proximity to each other.

Soon Dopff supplied wines to high-profile clients like the Palais de l’Elysée, the French president’s official residence. Now you too can taste the Alsace's finest starting with these bottles:

Crémant d’Alsace Brut Rosé Entire clusters of pinot noir grapes are conveyored on a belt to the press, keeping berries intact. The must is kept at low temperatures and matured in a vat for nearly six months before bottling. A blend of sugar and yeasts (liqueur de tirage) is added to provoke a second bottle fermentation. Storing the cremant horizontally on laths 12 to 15 months before disgorging the sweet liqueur eliminates yeast deposits, showcasing its dry elegant style. Like many Champagnes, this cremant isn't derived from any particular vintage, which allows blending from different years to ensure consistent flavor profiles and quality.

Pink in the glass with tinges of orange, a bouquet full of red berry fruit permeates the nose. Restrained fruit sugars make for a more refined tasting experience of even limestone effervescence, yielding a bite of cranberry with complex citrus fruitiness on the palate complemented by sweet strawberry and a creamy mouthfeel. As a refined aperitif or cocktail wine, the ideal serving temperature is between 45 and 46 degrees Fahrenheit, but this wine can be appreciated up to 50 degrees.

Dopff & Irion Cuvée René Dopff Pinot Blanc 2016 – Made from 50 percent pinot blanc and 50 percent pinot Auxerrois, the grapes for this wine are entirely handpicked and gently extracted via low-pressure pressing at controlled temperatures. The wine is matured on fine lees for four months, filtered, and stored in stainless steel vats for several months before bottling.

You get a luminous pure gold hue with crisp, sweet apple and honeydew melon nectar notes. A refreshing mouthfeel, light on the chalkiness and with a well-balanced acidity on the palate, is delivered by fine, light bubbles. Bracing minerality quickly recedes to honey, spicy cardamom-pepper, and citrus fruit for an ebullient finish. Prime pairing opportunities include curry-based dishes, grilled chicken, fish, and goat cheeses.

Dopff & Irion Crustacés 2015 – Produced with handpicked 80 percent silvaner and 20 percent pinot blanc grapes grown in limestone clay soil by Dopff & Irion's 300 selected vine-growers. Immediate pressing and six months of maturation in tanks before bottling ensures freshness throughout the tasting experience.

Pure and crisp on the nose and golden in appearance, the wine has a bright minerality that enlivens the palate with light, spicy fruit balanced with zing and sweetness. Pairing with lobster unlocks the nutty characteristics, enlivening and broadening the flavor profile of this crustacean while still carrying fruity notes into the finish.


Dopff & Irion

To the Renaissance, the vineyards in Alsace are thriving, especially in Riquewihr. Building is going on everywhere, trade is booming, wine is a precious commodity. The Dopff and the Irion families put their heart and soul into winegrowing. Wines from Riquewihr were famed throughout Europe.

The tale of a pioneer: René Dopff, one of André Malraux&rsquo closest friends, who took over Dopff & Irion in 1945&hellip

He broke away from the old wine making techniques and looked to the terroir rather than to the grape variety. He decided to divide the vineyard at the Château de Riquewihr into four estates, which he rechristened with typically French names: Les Murailles, Les Sorcières, Les Maquisards and Les Amandiers.

He opted for clearer labelling, abandoning gothic lettering in favour of a more sober script.

These wines, made solely from the four noble grape varieties, expressed the very soul of the terroir. From that day on, each estate was dedicated to a particular variety.

René Dopff then proceeded to ensure that his wines graced the best tables in France and the world over. He supplied wines to the Palais de l&rsquoElysée, the French President&rsquos residence and for the launch of the luxury liner, &ldquoFrance&rdquo&hellip

We at Dopff are proud of our inheritance and it is our duty to ensure that continues to thrive and prosper. Our love of wine, of our vines, of our region is an invitation to a voyage&hellip

Vineyards

DOPFF & IRION makes its wines from 27 hectares of vines within the district of Riquewihr, a large area considering the usual size of estates in Alsace (60% of production sites cover less than one hectare).

There is no question that the area around Riquewihr is blessed with every possible natural attribute for successful vine cultivation. The climate is such that the grapes ripen slowly. To the west, the Vosges mountains minimize oceanic influences, whilst to the north, the famous Schoenenbourg hill protects the site from cold north winds.

The amazing variety of geological formations in Alsace makes these vineyards some of the most complex in the world. The one at Riquewihr is located on one of the main fissure areas in Alsace. This veritable mosaic of soils and sub-soils (marl, limestone, gypsum, clay, sandstone&hellip..) means that the wines reflect the various types of terroir.


The experience of several generations has allowed us to determine which grape varieties are suited to which terroir, this is why there are four estates at the Château de Riquewihr, each one with its own particular grape variety.

&ldquoLes Murailles&rdquo for Riesling

&ldquoLes Sorcières&rdquo for Gewurztraminer

&ldquoLes Amandiers&rdquo for Muscat

&ldquoLes Maquisards&rdquo for Pinot Gris

&ldquoLes Tonnelles&rdquo for Pinot Noir

Furthermore, over one third of the whole area within these estates is classed as Grand Cru, SCHOENENBOURG and SPOREN.

Winemaking

The northerly location of the vineyards in Alsace makes the quest for optimal maturity all the more important. As soon as the grape berries begin to change colour, levels of maturity in each vineyard are checked regularly so that the grapes are harvested as ripe as possible. Harvesting is therefore timed to pinpoint the best balance between levels of sugar and acidity. The grapes are picked by hand and sorted if necessary. Then they are taken to the cellars in partially filled baskets to avoid crushing the berries.

Gentle pressing

The grapes are left whole and transported to the press by conveyer belt. They are pressed slowly and gradually, only the juice from the first pressing will be used to ferment our estate wines.

After racking and controlled-temperature fermentation, the wines remain on their fine lees for several months before bottling. They will not be sold for two to four years.

Inside information

Only mature and healthy grapes can yield great wines. The more concentrated the fruit, the greater the expression of the terroir. This is why we limit our yields to below the levels established by the INAO. Yields for our Grands Crus never exceed 45 to 50 hectolitres per hectare and we make our estate wines according to Grand Cru standards.

Pruning: Our vines are short pruned and the canes cut back to half size. This way, we eliminate the tip which is the most productive part of the vine and as such, gives the lowest quality. Ordinary pruning leaves 11 to 12 buds but short pruning leaves only 7 or 8.


Grass growing: Leaving grass between one out of two rows of vines renders the vine less productive. It therefore produces fewer bunches and these grapes are smaller and therefore richer in sugar, they also have thicker skins.


Crop thinning: At fruit set, at the beginning of August, if nature has been too generous, we eliminate some of the bunches to promote maturity and concentrate the vine&rsquos richness in a smaller quantity of fruit.
Organic soil fertilization: Only natural fertilizers are used in order to maintain the soil&rsquos biological balance and the typicity of the terroir (organic matter such as grass cut from rows between the vines and crushed vine prunings).


Dopff & Irion

To the Renaissance, the vineyards in Alsace are thriving, especially in Riquewihr. Building is going on everywhere, trade is booming, wine is a precious commodity. The Dopff and the Irion families put their heart and soul into winegrowing. Wines from Riquewihr were famed throughout Europe.

The tale of a pioneer: René Dopff, one of André Malraux&rsquo closest friends, who took over Dopff & Irion in 1945&hellip

He broke away from the old wine making techniques and looked to the terroir rather than to the grape variety. He decided to divide the vineyard at the Château de Riquewihr into four estates, which he rechristened with typically French names: Les Murailles, Les Sorcières, Les Maquisards and Les Amandiers.

He opted for clearer labelling, abandoning gothic lettering in favour of a more sober script.

These wines, made solely from the four noble grape varieties, expressed the very soul of the terroir. From that day on, each estate was dedicated to a particular variety.

René Dopff then proceeded to ensure that his wines graced the best tables in France and the world over. He supplied wines to the Palais de l&rsquoElysée, the French President&rsquos residence and for the launch of the luxury liner, &ldquoFrance&rdquo&hellip

We at Dopff are proud of our inheritance and it is our duty to ensure that continues to thrive and prosper. Our love of wine, of our vines, of our region is an invitation to a voyage&hellip

Vineyards

DOPFF & IRION makes its wines from 27 hectares of vines within the district of Riquewihr, a large area considering the usual size of estates in Alsace (60% of production sites cover less than one hectare).

There is no question that the area around Riquewihr is blessed with every possible natural attribute for successful vine cultivation. The climate is such that the grapes ripen slowly. To the west, the Vosges mountains minimize oceanic influences, whilst to the north, the famous Schoenenbourg hill protects the site from cold north winds.

The amazing variety of geological formations in Alsace makes these vineyards some of the most complex in the world. The one at Riquewihr is located on one of the main fissure areas in Alsace. This veritable mosaic of soils and sub-soils (marl, limestone, gypsum, clay, sandstone&hellip..) means that the wines reflect the various types of terroir.


The experience of several generations has allowed us to determine which grape varieties are suited to which terroir, this is why there are four estates at the Château de Riquewihr, each one with its own particular grape variety.

&ldquoLes Murailles&rdquo for Riesling

&ldquoLes Sorcières&rdquo for Gewurztraminer

&ldquoLes Amandiers&rdquo for Muscat

&ldquoLes Maquisards&rdquo for Pinot Gris

&ldquoLes Tonnelles&rdquo for Pinot Noir

Furthermore, over one third of the whole area within these estates is classed as Grand Cru, SCHOENENBOURG and SPOREN.

Winemaking

The northerly location of the vineyards in Alsace makes the quest for optimal maturity all the more important. As soon as the grape berries begin to change colour, levels of maturity in each vineyard are checked regularly so that the grapes are harvested as ripe as possible. Harvesting is therefore timed to pinpoint the best balance between levels of sugar and acidity. The grapes are picked by hand and sorted if necessary. Then they are taken to the cellars in partially filled baskets to avoid crushing the berries.

Gentle pressing

The grapes are left whole and transported to the press by conveyer belt. They are pressed slowly and gradually, only the juice from the first pressing will be used to ferment our estate wines.

After racking and controlled-temperature fermentation, the wines remain on their fine lees for several months before bottling. They will not be sold for two to four years.

Inside information

Only mature and healthy grapes can yield great wines. The more concentrated the fruit, the greater the expression of the terroir. This is why we limit our yields to below the levels established by the INAO. Yields for our Grands Crus never exceed 45 to 50 hectolitres per hectare and we make our estate wines according to Grand Cru standards.

Pruning: Our vines are short pruned and the canes cut back to half size. This way, we eliminate the tip which is the most productive part of the vine and as such, gives the lowest quality. Ordinary pruning leaves 11 to 12 buds but short pruning leaves only 7 or 8.


Grass growing: Leaving grass between one out of two rows of vines renders the vine less productive. It therefore produces fewer bunches and these grapes are smaller and therefore richer in sugar, they also have thicker skins.


Crop thinning: At fruit set, at the beginning of August, if nature has been too generous, we eliminate some of the bunches to promote maturity and concentrate the vine&rsquos richness in a smaller quantity of fruit.
Organic soil fertilization: Only natural fertilizers are used in order to maintain the soil&rsquos biological balance and the typicity of the terroir (organic matter such as grass cut from rows between the vines and crushed vine prunings).


Dopff & Irion

To the Renaissance, the vineyards in Alsace are thriving, especially in Riquewihr. Building is going on everywhere, trade is booming, wine is a precious commodity. The Dopff and the Irion families put their heart and soul into winegrowing. Wines from Riquewihr were famed throughout Europe.

The tale of a pioneer: René Dopff, one of André Malraux&rsquo closest friends, who took over Dopff & Irion in 1945&hellip

He broke away from the old wine making techniques and looked to the terroir rather than to the grape variety. He decided to divide the vineyard at the Château de Riquewihr into four estates, which he rechristened with typically French names: Les Murailles, Les Sorcières, Les Maquisards and Les Amandiers.

He opted for clearer labelling, abandoning gothic lettering in favour of a more sober script.

These wines, made solely from the four noble grape varieties, expressed the very soul of the terroir. From that day on, each estate was dedicated to a particular variety.

René Dopff then proceeded to ensure that his wines graced the best tables in France and the world over. He supplied wines to the Palais de l&rsquoElysée, the French President&rsquos residence and for the launch of the luxury liner, &ldquoFrance&rdquo&hellip

We at Dopff are proud of our inheritance and it is our duty to ensure that continues to thrive and prosper. Our love of wine, of our vines, of our region is an invitation to a voyage&hellip

Vineyards

DOPFF & IRION makes its wines from 27 hectares of vines within the district of Riquewihr, a large area considering the usual size of estates in Alsace (60% of production sites cover less than one hectare).

There is no question that the area around Riquewihr is blessed with every possible natural attribute for successful vine cultivation. The climate is such that the grapes ripen slowly. To the west, the Vosges mountains minimize oceanic influences, whilst to the north, the famous Schoenenbourg hill protects the site from cold north winds.

The amazing variety of geological formations in Alsace makes these vineyards some of the most complex in the world. The one at Riquewihr is located on one of the main fissure areas in Alsace. This veritable mosaic of soils and sub-soils (marl, limestone, gypsum, clay, sandstone&hellip..) means that the wines reflect the various types of terroir.


The experience of several generations has allowed us to determine which grape varieties are suited to which terroir, this is why there are four estates at the Château de Riquewihr, each one with its own particular grape variety.

&ldquoLes Murailles&rdquo for Riesling

&ldquoLes Sorcières&rdquo for Gewurztraminer

&ldquoLes Amandiers&rdquo for Muscat

&ldquoLes Maquisards&rdquo for Pinot Gris

&ldquoLes Tonnelles&rdquo for Pinot Noir

Furthermore, over one third of the whole area within these estates is classed as Grand Cru, SCHOENENBOURG and SPOREN.

Winemaking

The northerly location of the vineyards in Alsace makes the quest for optimal maturity all the more important. As soon as the grape berries begin to change colour, levels of maturity in each vineyard are checked regularly so that the grapes are harvested as ripe as possible. Harvesting is therefore timed to pinpoint the best balance between levels of sugar and acidity. The grapes are picked by hand and sorted if necessary. Then they are taken to the cellars in partially filled baskets to avoid crushing the berries.

Gentle pressing

The grapes are left whole and transported to the press by conveyer belt. They are pressed slowly and gradually, only the juice from the first pressing will be used to ferment our estate wines.

After racking and controlled-temperature fermentation, the wines remain on their fine lees for several months before bottling. They will not be sold for two to four years.

Inside information

Only mature and healthy grapes can yield great wines. The more concentrated the fruit, the greater the expression of the terroir. This is why we limit our yields to below the levels established by the INAO. Yields for our Grands Crus never exceed 45 to 50 hectolitres per hectare and we make our estate wines according to Grand Cru standards.

Pruning: Our vines are short pruned and the canes cut back to half size. This way, we eliminate the tip which is the most productive part of the vine and as such, gives the lowest quality. Ordinary pruning leaves 11 to 12 buds but short pruning leaves only 7 or 8.


Grass growing: Leaving grass between one out of two rows of vines renders the vine less productive. It therefore produces fewer bunches and these grapes are smaller and therefore richer in sugar, they also have thicker skins.


Crop thinning: At fruit set, at the beginning of August, if nature has been too generous, we eliminate some of the bunches to promote maturity and concentrate the vine&rsquos richness in a smaller quantity of fruit.
Organic soil fertilization: Only natural fertilizers are used in order to maintain the soil&rsquos biological balance and the typicity of the terroir (organic matter such as grass cut from rows between the vines and crushed vine prunings).


Dopff & Irion

To the Renaissance, the vineyards in Alsace are thriving, especially in Riquewihr. Building is going on everywhere, trade is booming, wine is a precious commodity. The Dopff and the Irion families put their heart and soul into winegrowing. Wines from Riquewihr were famed throughout Europe.

The tale of a pioneer: René Dopff, one of André Malraux&rsquo closest friends, who took over Dopff & Irion in 1945&hellip

He broke away from the old wine making techniques and looked to the terroir rather than to the grape variety. He decided to divide the vineyard at the Château de Riquewihr into four estates, which he rechristened with typically French names: Les Murailles, Les Sorcières, Les Maquisards and Les Amandiers.

He opted for clearer labelling, abandoning gothic lettering in favour of a more sober script.

These wines, made solely from the four noble grape varieties, expressed the very soul of the terroir. From that day on, each estate was dedicated to a particular variety.

René Dopff then proceeded to ensure that his wines graced the best tables in France and the world over. He supplied wines to the Palais de l&rsquoElysée, the French President&rsquos residence and for the launch of the luxury liner, &ldquoFrance&rdquo&hellip

We at Dopff are proud of our inheritance and it is our duty to ensure that continues to thrive and prosper. Our love of wine, of our vines, of our region is an invitation to a voyage&hellip

Vineyards

DOPFF & IRION makes its wines from 27 hectares of vines within the district of Riquewihr, a large area considering the usual size of estates in Alsace (60% of production sites cover less than one hectare).

There is no question that the area around Riquewihr is blessed with every possible natural attribute for successful vine cultivation. The climate is such that the grapes ripen slowly. To the west, the Vosges mountains minimize oceanic influences, whilst to the north, the famous Schoenenbourg hill protects the site from cold north winds.

The amazing variety of geological formations in Alsace makes these vineyards some of the most complex in the world. The one at Riquewihr is located on one of the main fissure areas in Alsace. This veritable mosaic of soils and sub-soils (marl, limestone, gypsum, clay, sandstone&hellip..) means that the wines reflect the various types of terroir.


The experience of several generations has allowed us to determine which grape varieties are suited to which terroir, this is why there are four estates at the Château de Riquewihr, each one with its own particular grape variety.

&ldquoLes Murailles&rdquo for Riesling

&ldquoLes Sorcières&rdquo for Gewurztraminer

&ldquoLes Amandiers&rdquo for Muscat

&ldquoLes Maquisards&rdquo for Pinot Gris

&ldquoLes Tonnelles&rdquo for Pinot Noir

Furthermore, over one third of the whole area within these estates is classed as Grand Cru, SCHOENENBOURG and SPOREN.

Winemaking

The northerly location of the vineyards in Alsace makes the quest for optimal maturity all the more important. As soon as the grape berries begin to change colour, levels of maturity in each vineyard are checked regularly so that the grapes are harvested as ripe as possible. Harvesting is therefore timed to pinpoint the best balance between levels of sugar and acidity. The grapes are picked by hand and sorted if necessary. Then they are taken to the cellars in partially filled baskets to avoid crushing the berries.

Gentle pressing

The grapes are left whole and transported to the press by conveyer belt. They are pressed slowly and gradually, only the juice from the first pressing will be used to ferment our estate wines.

After racking and controlled-temperature fermentation, the wines remain on their fine lees for several months before bottling. They will not be sold for two to four years.

Inside information

Only mature and healthy grapes can yield great wines. The more concentrated the fruit, the greater the expression of the terroir. This is why we limit our yields to below the levels established by the INAO. Yields for our Grands Crus never exceed 45 to 50 hectolitres per hectare and we make our estate wines according to Grand Cru standards.

Pruning: Our vines are short pruned and the canes cut back to half size. This way, we eliminate the tip which is the most productive part of the vine and as such, gives the lowest quality. Ordinary pruning leaves 11 to 12 buds but short pruning leaves only 7 or 8.


Grass growing: Leaving grass between one out of two rows of vines renders the vine less productive. It therefore produces fewer bunches and these grapes are smaller and therefore richer in sugar, they also have thicker skins.


Crop thinning: At fruit set, at the beginning of August, if nature has been too generous, we eliminate some of the bunches to promote maturity and concentrate the vine&rsquos richness in a smaller quantity of fruit.
Organic soil fertilization: Only natural fertilizers are used in order to maintain the soil&rsquos biological balance and the typicity of the terroir (organic matter such as grass cut from rows between the vines and crushed vine prunings).


Dopff & Irion

To the Renaissance, the vineyards in Alsace are thriving, especially in Riquewihr. Building is going on everywhere, trade is booming, wine is a precious commodity. The Dopff and the Irion families put their heart and soul into winegrowing. Wines from Riquewihr were famed throughout Europe.

The tale of a pioneer: René Dopff, one of André Malraux&rsquo closest friends, who took over Dopff & Irion in 1945&hellip

He broke away from the old wine making techniques and looked to the terroir rather than to the grape variety. He decided to divide the vineyard at the Château de Riquewihr into four estates, which he rechristened with typically French names: Les Murailles, Les Sorcières, Les Maquisards and Les Amandiers.

He opted for clearer labelling, abandoning gothic lettering in favour of a more sober script.

These wines, made solely from the four noble grape varieties, expressed the very soul of the terroir. From that day on, each estate was dedicated to a particular variety.

René Dopff then proceeded to ensure that his wines graced the best tables in France and the world over. He supplied wines to the Palais de l&rsquoElysée, the French President&rsquos residence and for the launch of the luxury liner, &ldquoFrance&rdquo&hellip

We at Dopff are proud of our inheritance and it is our duty to ensure that continues to thrive and prosper. Our love of wine, of our vines, of our region is an invitation to a voyage&hellip

Vineyards

DOPFF & IRION makes its wines from 27 hectares of vines within the district of Riquewihr, a large area considering the usual size of estates in Alsace (60% of production sites cover less than one hectare).

There is no question that the area around Riquewihr is blessed with every possible natural attribute for successful vine cultivation. The climate is such that the grapes ripen slowly. To the west, the Vosges mountains minimize oceanic influences, whilst to the north, the famous Schoenenbourg hill protects the site from cold north winds.

The amazing variety of geological formations in Alsace makes these vineyards some of the most complex in the world. The one at Riquewihr is located on one of the main fissure areas in Alsace. This veritable mosaic of soils and sub-soils (marl, limestone, gypsum, clay, sandstone&hellip..) means that the wines reflect the various types of terroir.


The experience of several generations has allowed us to determine which grape varieties are suited to which terroir, this is why there are four estates at the Château de Riquewihr, each one with its own particular grape variety.

&ldquoLes Murailles&rdquo for Riesling

&ldquoLes Sorcières&rdquo for Gewurztraminer

&ldquoLes Amandiers&rdquo for Muscat

&ldquoLes Maquisards&rdquo for Pinot Gris

&ldquoLes Tonnelles&rdquo for Pinot Noir

Furthermore, over one third of the whole area within these estates is classed as Grand Cru, SCHOENENBOURG and SPOREN.

Winemaking

The northerly location of the vineyards in Alsace makes the quest for optimal maturity all the more important. As soon as the grape berries begin to change colour, levels of maturity in each vineyard are checked regularly so that the grapes are harvested as ripe as possible. Harvesting is therefore timed to pinpoint the best balance between levels of sugar and acidity. The grapes are picked by hand and sorted if necessary. Then they are taken to the cellars in partially filled baskets to avoid crushing the berries.

Gentle pressing

The grapes are left whole and transported to the press by conveyer belt. They are pressed slowly and gradually, only the juice from the first pressing will be used to ferment our estate wines.

After racking and controlled-temperature fermentation, the wines remain on their fine lees for several months before bottling. They will not be sold for two to four years.

Inside information

Only mature and healthy grapes can yield great wines. The more concentrated the fruit, the greater the expression of the terroir. This is why we limit our yields to below the levels established by the INAO. Yields for our Grands Crus never exceed 45 to 50 hectolitres per hectare and we make our estate wines according to Grand Cru standards.

Pruning: Our vines are short pruned and the canes cut back to half size. This way, we eliminate the tip which is the most productive part of the vine and as such, gives the lowest quality. Ordinary pruning leaves 11 to 12 buds but short pruning leaves only 7 or 8.


Grass growing: Leaving grass between one out of two rows of vines renders the vine less productive. It therefore produces fewer bunches and these grapes are smaller and therefore richer in sugar, they also have thicker skins.


Crop thinning: At fruit set, at the beginning of August, if nature has been too generous, we eliminate some of the bunches to promote maturity and concentrate the vine&rsquos richness in a smaller quantity of fruit.
Organic soil fertilization: Only natural fertilizers are used in order to maintain the soil&rsquos biological balance and the typicity of the terroir (organic matter such as grass cut from rows between the vines and crushed vine prunings).


Dopff & Irion

To the Renaissance, the vineyards in Alsace are thriving, especially in Riquewihr. Building is going on everywhere, trade is booming, wine is a precious commodity. The Dopff and the Irion families put their heart and soul into winegrowing. Wines from Riquewihr were famed throughout Europe.

The tale of a pioneer: René Dopff, one of André Malraux&rsquo closest friends, who took over Dopff & Irion in 1945&hellip

He broke away from the old wine making techniques and looked to the terroir rather than to the grape variety. He decided to divide the vineyard at the Château de Riquewihr into four estates, which he rechristened with typically French names: Les Murailles, Les Sorcières, Les Maquisards and Les Amandiers.

He opted for clearer labelling, abandoning gothic lettering in favour of a more sober script.

These wines, made solely from the four noble grape varieties, expressed the very soul of the terroir. From that day on, each estate was dedicated to a particular variety.

René Dopff then proceeded to ensure that his wines graced the best tables in France and the world over. He supplied wines to the Palais de l&rsquoElysée, the French President&rsquos residence and for the launch of the luxury liner, &ldquoFrance&rdquo&hellip

We at Dopff are proud of our inheritance and it is our duty to ensure that continues to thrive and prosper. Our love of wine, of our vines, of our region is an invitation to a voyage&hellip

Vineyards

DOPFF & IRION makes its wines from 27 hectares of vines within the district of Riquewihr, a large area considering the usual size of estates in Alsace (60% of production sites cover less than one hectare).

There is no question that the area around Riquewihr is blessed with every possible natural attribute for successful vine cultivation. The climate is such that the grapes ripen slowly. To the west, the Vosges mountains minimize oceanic influences, whilst to the north, the famous Schoenenbourg hill protects the site from cold north winds.

The amazing variety of geological formations in Alsace makes these vineyards some of the most complex in the world. The one at Riquewihr is located on one of the main fissure areas in Alsace. This veritable mosaic of soils and sub-soils (marl, limestone, gypsum, clay, sandstone&hellip..) means that the wines reflect the various types of terroir.


The experience of several generations has allowed us to determine which grape varieties are suited to which terroir, this is why there are four estates at the Château de Riquewihr, each one with its own particular grape variety.

&ldquoLes Murailles&rdquo for Riesling

&ldquoLes Sorcières&rdquo for Gewurztraminer

&ldquoLes Amandiers&rdquo for Muscat

&ldquoLes Maquisards&rdquo for Pinot Gris

&ldquoLes Tonnelles&rdquo for Pinot Noir

Furthermore, over one third of the whole area within these estates is classed as Grand Cru, SCHOENENBOURG and SPOREN.

Winemaking

The northerly location of the vineyards in Alsace makes the quest for optimal maturity all the more important. As soon as the grape berries begin to change colour, levels of maturity in each vineyard are checked regularly so that the grapes are harvested as ripe as possible. Harvesting is therefore timed to pinpoint the best balance between levels of sugar and acidity. The grapes are picked by hand and sorted if necessary. Then they are taken to the cellars in partially filled baskets to avoid crushing the berries.

Gentle pressing

The grapes are left whole and transported to the press by conveyer belt. They are pressed slowly and gradually, only the juice from the first pressing will be used to ferment our estate wines.

After racking and controlled-temperature fermentation, the wines remain on their fine lees for several months before bottling. They will not be sold for two to four years.

Inside information

Only mature and healthy grapes can yield great wines. The more concentrated the fruit, the greater the expression of the terroir. This is why we limit our yields to below the levels established by the INAO. Yields for our Grands Crus never exceed 45 to 50 hectolitres per hectare and we make our estate wines according to Grand Cru standards.

Pruning: Our vines are short pruned and the canes cut back to half size. This way, we eliminate the tip which is the most productive part of the vine and as such, gives the lowest quality. Ordinary pruning leaves 11 to 12 buds but short pruning leaves only 7 or 8.


Grass growing: Leaving grass between one out of two rows of vines renders the vine less productive. It therefore produces fewer bunches and these grapes are smaller and therefore richer in sugar, they also have thicker skins.


Crop thinning: At fruit set, at the beginning of August, if nature has been too generous, we eliminate some of the bunches to promote maturity and concentrate the vine&rsquos richness in a smaller quantity of fruit.
Organic soil fertilization: Only natural fertilizers are used in order to maintain the soil&rsquos biological balance and the typicity of the terroir (organic matter such as grass cut from rows between the vines and crushed vine prunings).


Dopff & Irion

To the Renaissance, the vineyards in Alsace are thriving, especially in Riquewihr. Building is going on everywhere, trade is booming, wine is a precious commodity. The Dopff and the Irion families put their heart and soul into winegrowing. Wines from Riquewihr were famed throughout Europe.

The tale of a pioneer: René Dopff, one of André Malraux&rsquo closest friends, who took over Dopff & Irion in 1945&hellip

He broke away from the old wine making techniques and looked to the terroir rather than to the grape variety. He decided to divide the vineyard at the Château de Riquewihr into four estates, which he rechristened with typically French names: Les Murailles, Les Sorcières, Les Maquisards and Les Amandiers.

He opted for clearer labelling, abandoning gothic lettering in favour of a more sober script.

These wines, made solely from the four noble grape varieties, expressed the very soul of the terroir. From that day on, each estate was dedicated to a particular variety.

René Dopff then proceeded to ensure that his wines graced the best tables in France and the world over. He supplied wines to the Palais de l&rsquoElysée, the French President&rsquos residence and for the launch of the luxury liner, &ldquoFrance&rdquo&hellip

We at Dopff are proud of our inheritance and it is our duty to ensure that continues to thrive and prosper. Our love of wine, of our vines, of our region is an invitation to a voyage&hellip

Vineyards

DOPFF & IRION makes its wines from 27 hectares of vines within the district of Riquewihr, a large area considering the usual size of estates in Alsace (60% of production sites cover less than one hectare).

There is no question that the area around Riquewihr is blessed with every possible natural attribute for successful vine cultivation. The climate is such that the grapes ripen slowly. To the west, the Vosges mountains minimize oceanic influences, whilst to the north, the famous Schoenenbourg hill protects the site from cold north winds.

The amazing variety of geological formations in Alsace makes these vineyards some of the most complex in the world. The one at Riquewihr is located on one of the main fissure areas in Alsace. This veritable mosaic of soils and sub-soils (marl, limestone, gypsum, clay, sandstone&hellip..) means that the wines reflect the various types of terroir.


The experience of several generations has allowed us to determine which grape varieties are suited to which terroir, this is why there are four estates at the Château de Riquewihr, each one with its own particular grape variety.

&ldquoLes Murailles&rdquo for Riesling

&ldquoLes Sorcières&rdquo for Gewurztraminer

&ldquoLes Amandiers&rdquo for Muscat

&ldquoLes Maquisards&rdquo for Pinot Gris

&ldquoLes Tonnelles&rdquo for Pinot Noir

Furthermore, over one third of the whole area within these estates is classed as Grand Cru, SCHOENENBOURG and SPOREN.

Winemaking

The northerly location of the vineyards in Alsace makes the quest for optimal maturity all the more important. As soon as the grape berries begin to change colour, levels of maturity in each vineyard are checked regularly so that the grapes are harvested as ripe as possible. Harvesting is therefore timed to pinpoint the best balance between levels of sugar and acidity. The grapes are picked by hand and sorted if necessary. Then they are taken to the cellars in partially filled baskets to avoid crushing the berries.

Gentle pressing

The grapes are left whole and transported to the press by conveyer belt. They are pressed slowly and gradually, only the juice from the first pressing will be used to ferment our estate wines.

After racking and controlled-temperature fermentation, the wines remain on their fine lees for several months before bottling. They will not be sold for two to four years.

Inside information

Only mature and healthy grapes can yield great wines. The more concentrated the fruit, the greater the expression of the terroir. This is why we limit our yields to below the levels established by the INAO. Yields for our Grands Crus never exceed 45 to 50 hectolitres per hectare and we make our estate wines according to Grand Cru standards.

Pruning: Our vines are short pruned and the canes cut back to half size. This way, we eliminate the tip which is the most productive part of the vine and as such, gives the lowest quality. Ordinary pruning leaves 11 to 12 buds but short pruning leaves only 7 or 8.


Grass growing: Leaving grass between one out of two rows of vines renders the vine less productive. It therefore produces fewer bunches and these grapes are smaller and therefore richer in sugar, they also have thicker skins.


Crop thinning: At fruit set, at the beginning of August, if nature has been too generous, we eliminate some of the bunches to promote maturity and concentrate the vine&rsquos richness in a smaller quantity of fruit.
Organic soil fertilization: Only natural fertilizers are used in order to maintain the soil&rsquos biological balance and the typicity of the terroir (organic matter such as grass cut from rows between the vines and crushed vine prunings).


Dopff & Irion

To the Renaissance, the vineyards in Alsace are thriving, especially in Riquewihr. Building is going on everywhere, trade is booming, wine is a precious commodity. The Dopff and the Irion families put their heart and soul into winegrowing. Wines from Riquewihr were famed throughout Europe.

The tale of a pioneer: René Dopff, one of André Malraux&rsquo closest friends, who took over Dopff & Irion in 1945&hellip

He broke away from the old wine making techniques and looked to the terroir rather than to the grape variety. He decided to divide the vineyard at the Château de Riquewihr into four estates, which he rechristened with typically French names: Les Murailles, Les Sorcières, Les Maquisards and Les Amandiers.

He opted for clearer labelling, abandoning gothic lettering in favour of a more sober script.

These wines, made solely from the four noble grape varieties, expressed the very soul of the terroir. From that day on, each estate was dedicated to a particular variety.

René Dopff then proceeded to ensure that his wines graced the best tables in France and the world over. He supplied wines to the Palais de l&rsquoElysée, the French President&rsquos residence and for the launch of the luxury liner, &ldquoFrance&rdquo&hellip

We at Dopff are proud of our inheritance and it is our duty to ensure that continues to thrive and prosper. Our love of wine, of our vines, of our region is an invitation to a voyage&hellip

Vineyards

DOPFF & IRION makes its wines from 27 hectares of vines within the district of Riquewihr, a large area considering the usual size of estates in Alsace (60% of production sites cover less than one hectare).

There is no question that the area around Riquewihr is blessed with every possible natural attribute for successful vine cultivation. The climate is such that the grapes ripen slowly. To the west, the Vosges mountains minimize oceanic influences, whilst to the north, the famous Schoenenbourg hill protects the site from cold north winds.

The amazing variety of geological formations in Alsace makes these vineyards some of the most complex in the world. The one at Riquewihr is located on one of the main fissure areas in Alsace. This veritable mosaic of soils and sub-soils (marl, limestone, gypsum, clay, sandstone&hellip..) means that the wines reflect the various types of terroir.


The experience of several generations has allowed us to determine which grape varieties are suited to which terroir, this is why there are four estates at the Château de Riquewihr, each one with its own particular grape variety.

&ldquoLes Murailles&rdquo for Riesling

&ldquoLes Sorcières&rdquo for Gewurztraminer

&ldquoLes Amandiers&rdquo for Muscat

&ldquoLes Maquisards&rdquo for Pinot Gris

&ldquoLes Tonnelles&rdquo for Pinot Noir

Furthermore, over one third of the whole area within these estates is classed as Grand Cru, SCHOENENBOURG and SPOREN.

Winemaking

The northerly location of the vineyards in Alsace makes the quest for optimal maturity all the more important. As soon as the grape berries begin to change colour, levels of maturity in each vineyard are checked regularly so that the grapes are harvested as ripe as possible. Harvesting is therefore timed to pinpoint the best balance between levels of sugar and acidity. The grapes are picked by hand and sorted if necessary. Then they are taken to the cellars in partially filled baskets to avoid crushing the berries.

Gentle pressing

The grapes are left whole and transported to the press by conveyer belt. They are pressed slowly and gradually, only the juice from the first pressing will be used to ferment our estate wines.

After racking and controlled-temperature fermentation, the wines remain on their fine lees for several months before bottling. They will not be sold for two to four years.

Inside information

Only mature and healthy grapes can yield great wines. The more concentrated the fruit, the greater the expression of the terroir. This is why we limit our yields to below the levels established by the INAO. Yields for our Grands Crus never exceed 45 to 50 hectolitres per hectare and we make our estate wines according to Grand Cru standards.

Pruning: Our vines are short pruned and the canes cut back to half size. This way, we eliminate the tip which is the most productive part of the vine and as such, gives the lowest quality. Ordinary pruning leaves 11 to 12 buds but short pruning leaves only 7 or 8.


Grass growing: Leaving grass between one out of two rows of vines renders the vine less productive. It therefore produces fewer bunches and these grapes are smaller and therefore richer in sugar, they also have thicker skins.


Crop thinning: At fruit set, at the beginning of August, if nature has been too generous, we eliminate some of the bunches to promote maturity and concentrate the vine&rsquos richness in a smaller quantity of fruit.
Organic soil fertilization: Only natural fertilizers are used in order to maintain the soil&rsquos biological balance and the typicity of the terroir (organic matter such as grass cut from rows between the vines and crushed vine prunings).


Dopff & Irion

To the Renaissance, the vineyards in Alsace are thriving, especially in Riquewihr. Building is going on everywhere, trade is booming, wine is a precious commodity. The Dopff and the Irion families put their heart and soul into winegrowing. Wines from Riquewihr were famed throughout Europe.

The tale of a pioneer: René Dopff, one of André Malraux&rsquo closest friends, who took over Dopff & Irion in 1945&hellip

He broke away from the old wine making techniques and looked to the terroir rather than to the grape variety. He decided to divide the vineyard at the Château de Riquewihr into four estates, which he rechristened with typically French names: Les Murailles, Les Sorcières, Les Maquisards and Les Amandiers.

He opted for clearer labelling, abandoning gothic lettering in favour of a more sober script.

These wines, made solely from the four noble grape varieties, expressed the very soul of the terroir. From that day on, each estate was dedicated to a particular variety.

René Dopff then proceeded to ensure that his wines graced the best tables in France and the world over. He supplied wines to the Palais de l&rsquoElysée, the French President&rsquos residence and for the launch of the luxury liner, &ldquoFrance&rdquo&hellip

We at Dopff are proud of our inheritance and it is our duty to ensure that continues to thrive and prosper. Our love of wine, of our vines, of our region is an invitation to a voyage&hellip

Vineyards

DOPFF & IRION makes its wines from 27 hectares of vines within the district of Riquewihr, a large area considering the usual size of estates in Alsace (60% of production sites cover less than one hectare).

There is no question that the area around Riquewihr is blessed with every possible natural attribute for successful vine cultivation. The climate is such that the grapes ripen slowly. To the west, the Vosges mountains minimize oceanic influences, whilst to the north, the famous Schoenenbourg hill protects the site from cold north winds.

The amazing variety of geological formations in Alsace makes these vineyards some of the most complex in the world. The one at Riquewihr is located on one of the main fissure areas in Alsace. This veritable mosaic of soils and sub-soils (marl, limestone, gypsum, clay, sandstone&hellip..) means that the wines reflect the various types of terroir.


The experience of several generations has allowed us to determine which grape varieties are suited to which terroir, this is why there are four estates at the Château de Riquewihr, each one with its own particular grape variety.

&ldquoLes Murailles&rdquo for Riesling

&ldquoLes Sorcières&rdquo for Gewurztraminer

&ldquoLes Amandiers&rdquo for Muscat

&ldquoLes Maquisards&rdquo for Pinot Gris

&ldquoLes Tonnelles&rdquo for Pinot Noir

Furthermore, over one third of the whole area within these estates is classed as Grand Cru, SCHOENENBOURG and SPOREN.

Winemaking

The northerly location of the vineyards in Alsace makes the quest for optimal maturity all the more important. As soon as the grape berries begin to change colour, levels of maturity in each vineyard are checked regularly so that the grapes are harvested as ripe as possible. Harvesting is therefore timed to pinpoint the best balance between levels of sugar and acidity. The grapes are picked by hand and sorted if necessary. Then they are taken to the cellars in partially filled baskets to avoid crushing the berries.

Gentle pressing

The grapes are left whole and transported to the press by conveyer belt. They are pressed slowly and gradually, only the juice from the first pressing will be used to ferment our estate wines.

After racking and controlled-temperature fermentation, the wines remain on their fine lees for several months before bottling. They will not be sold for two to four years.

Inside information

Only mature and healthy grapes can yield great wines. The more concentrated the fruit, the greater the expression of the terroir. This is why we limit our yields to below the levels established by the INAO. Yields for our Grands Crus never exceed 45 to 50 hectolitres per hectare and we make our estate wines according to Grand Cru standards.

Pruning: Our vines are short pruned and the canes cut back to half size. This way, we eliminate the tip which is the most productive part of the vine and as such, gives the lowest quality. Ordinary pruning leaves 11 to 12 buds but short pruning leaves only 7 or 8.


Grass growing: Leaving grass between one out of two rows of vines renders the vine less productive. It therefore produces fewer bunches and these grapes are smaller and therefore richer in sugar, they also have thicker skins.


Crop thinning: At fruit set, at the beginning of August, if nature has been too generous, we eliminate some of the bunches to promote maturity and concentrate the vine&rsquos richness in a smaller quantity of fruit.
Organic soil fertilization: Only natural fertilizers are used in order to maintain the soil&rsquos biological balance and the typicity of the terroir (organic matter such as grass cut from rows between the vines and crushed vine prunings).


Dopff & Irion

To the Renaissance, the vineyards in Alsace are thriving, especially in Riquewihr. Building is going on everywhere, trade is booming, wine is a precious commodity. The Dopff and the Irion families put their heart and soul into winegrowing. Wines from Riquewihr were famed throughout Europe.

The tale of a pioneer: René Dopff, one of André Malraux&rsquo closest friends, who took over Dopff & Irion in 1945&hellip

He broke away from the old wine making techniques and looked to the terroir rather than to the grape variety. He decided to divide the vineyard at the Château de Riquewihr into four estates, which he rechristened with typically French names: Les Murailles, Les Sorcières, Les Maquisards and Les Amandiers.

He opted for clearer labelling, abandoning gothic lettering in favour of a more sober script.

These wines, made solely from the four noble grape varieties, expressed the very soul of the terroir. From that day on, each estate was dedicated to a particular variety.

René Dopff then proceeded to ensure that his wines graced the best tables in France and the world over. He supplied wines to the Palais de l&rsquoElysée, the French President&rsquos residence and for the launch of the luxury liner, &ldquoFrance&rdquo&hellip

We at Dopff are proud of our inheritance and it is our duty to ensure that continues to thrive and prosper. Our love of wine, of our vines, of our region is an invitation to a voyage&hellip

Vineyards

DOPFF & IRION makes its wines from 27 hectares of vines within the district of Riquewihr, a large area considering the usual size of estates in Alsace (60% of production sites cover less than one hectare).

There is no question that the area around Riquewihr is blessed with every possible natural attribute for successful vine cultivation. The climate is such that the grapes ripen slowly. To the west, the Vosges mountains minimize oceanic influences, whilst to the north, the famous Schoenenbourg hill protects the site from cold north winds.

The amazing variety of geological formations in Alsace makes these vineyards some of the most complex in the world. The one at Riquewihr is located on one of the main fissure areas in Alsace. This veritable mosaic of soils and sub-soils (marl, limestone, gypsum, clay, sandstone&hellip..) means that the wines reflect the various types of terroir.


The experience of several generations has allowed us to determine which grape varieties are suited to which terroir, this is why there are four estates at the Château de Riquewihr, each one with its own particular grape variety.

&ldquoLes Murailles&rdquo for Riesling

&ldquoLes Sorcières&rdquo for Gewurztraminer

&ldquoLes Amandiers&rdquo for Muscat

&ldquoLes Maquisards&rdquo for Pinot Gris

&ldquoLes Tonnelles&rdquo for Pinot Noir

Furthermore, over one third of the whole area within these estates is classed as Grand Cru, SCHOENENBOURG and SPOREN.

Winemaking

The northerly location of the vineyards in Alsace makes the quest for optimal maturity all the more important. As soon as the grape berries begin to change colour, levels of maturity in each vineyard are checked regularly so that the grapes are harvested as ripe as possible. Harvesting is therefore timed to pinpoint the best balance between levels of sugar and acidity. The grapes are picked by hand and sorted if necessary. Then they are taken to the cellars in partially filled baskets to avoid crushing the berries.

Gentle pressing

The grapes are left whole and transported to the press by conveyer belt. They are pressed slowly and gradually, only the juice from the first pressing will be used to ferment our estate wines.

After racking and controlled-temperature fermentation, the wines remain on their fine lees for several months before bottling. They will not be sold for two to four years.

Inside information

Only mature and healthy grapes can yield great wines. The more concentrated the fruit, the greater the expression of the terroir. This is why we limit our yields to below the levels established by the INAO. Yields for our Grands Crus never exceed 45 to 50 hectolitres per hectare and we make our estate wines according to Grand Cru standards.

Pruning: Our vines are short pruned and the canes cut back to half size. This way, we eliminate the tip which is the most productive part of the vine and as such, gives the lowest quality. Ordinary pruning leaves 11 to 12 buds but short pruning leaves only 7 or 8.


Grass growing: Leaving grass between one out of two rows of vines renders the vine less productive. It therefore produces fewer bunches and these grapes are smaller and therefore richer in sugar, they also have thicker skins.


Crop thinning: At fruit set, at the beginning of August, if nature has been too generous, we eliminate some of the bunches to promote maturity and concentrate the vine&rsquos richness in a smaller quantity of fruit.
Organic soil fertilization: Only natural fertilizers are used in order to maintain the soil&rsquos biological balance and the typicity of the terroir (organic matter such as grass cut from rows between the vines and crushed vine prunings).


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