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“Sunny notes of ripe Golden Delicious apple are appetizing on the nose of this wine. A little spritz on the palate adds to the sense of easy, fruity freshness on this very light, dry and refreshing wine.”-WE
“He broke away from the old winemaking techniques and looked to the terroir rather than to the grape variety. He decided to divide the vineyard at Château de Riquewihr into four estates, which he re-christened with typically French names: Les Murailles, Les Sorcières, Les Maquisards and Les Amandiers. He opted for clearer labeling, 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’Elysée, the French President’s residence, and for the launch of the luxury liner, “France”.
Dopff & Irion is proud of its inheritance and feels it is its duty to ensure that it continues to thrive and prosper. The love of wine, of the vines and of the region is an invitation to a voyage through history to be shared and savoured.“-Winery Notes
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During the Second World War, René Dopff decided to leave his family in order to join the French Free Forces. In the Alsace-Lorraine brigade, he became friends with André Malraux, who was later appointed Minister of Culture under the presidency of Charles de Gaulle.
At the end of the Second World War, René Dopff and Madame Veuve Irion, two big names in viticulture in Riquewihr, joined forces. This is how the history of Dopff & Irion begins. One of their first decisions is to acquire the historic castle of Riquewihr. René Dopff is an emblematic and prestigious producer, marking for decades the vineyard of Alsace, by privileging the quality of the wine (for example by initiating the declines in yield of the vines) as by modernizing the labels; It is especially the first to associate grape varieties with specific soils and soils.