The Dopff family have been wine growers 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, sheltered from the northerly winds and the rain from the west. The southerly exposure of the vineyards and favourable microclimate lend themselves to the art of producing excellent wine. As a family of pioneers, they were responsible for the use of the stemmed wine bottles, which today distinguish Alsace wines from other regions.
The vines are grown in water-retaining subsoils of keupermarl, dolomite and gypsum, which are rich in fertilizing agents, overlaid with fine layers of quaternary siliceous gravel, Vosges sandstone and muschelkalk (shell bearing limestone).
Dopff au Moulin Riesling Schoenenbourg Grand Cru has an expressive, complex nose with notes of pineapple followed by a full-bodied, generous wine with a smooth, textured palate. The candied yellow fruit flavours are supported by a zippy acidity that give the wine great length. The finish is dry, powerful and elegant.