Domaines Dopff & Irion
Dopff & Irion makes its wine from 27 hectares of vines within the district of Riquewihr. The climate is such that the grapes ripen slowly. To the west the Vosges mountains minimize oceanic influences, whilst to the north the famous Schoenenburg hill protects the site from cold north winds.
Pinot Blanc is smoky, well-structured persistent and is pleasantly mellow on the palate. In addition its extraordinary freshness contributes to its growing success with those who appreciate nice floral bouquets and wines that are refined on the palate. A pale green colour with light green hints. Aromas of peach and apricot. A well-balanced and refreshing wine, with a finish dominated by hazlenut, liquorice and smoky notes.
Pinot Blanc goes well with appetizers, asparagus, onion tart, quiche, rabbit and sweets.
The grapes are picked by hand and sorted if necessary then they are taken to the cellaring partially filled baskets to avoid crushing the berries. The grapes are left whole. Slowly and gradually pressed. Only juice from the first pressing will be used to ferment the 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 between 2 and 4 years.