Score : 89/100
This sparkling Cuvée from Alsace is a tribute to who is supposed to be the importor of the traditional method to Alsace, Julien Dopff.
It’s a blend of Pinot Blanc and Pinot Auxerois aged on lees in bottle for about 18 months.
So how good does Dopff Crémant d’Alsace Cuvée Julien taste like?
This Crémant d’Alsace bubbly comes in a bright lemon-yellow color of medium intensity. A few green hues make it look bright and fresh.
It smells fragrant and aromatic: this is a basket of gorgeous juicy fresh fruits!
Loads of lemon and lime, clearly some white peach, and definitely fresh pineapple aromas.
Yes, it’s fruity, but it doesn’t smell like it’s sweet and heavy, but rather light and fine. A comnplex and appealing fruity nose would be the best summary.
In the mouth, the wine is driven by a zesty citrus-like acidity underlining the fresh fruit characters that explode. Bubbles are very fine for a Crémant, and a creamy almost oily texture smoothen the otherwise acidic feel.
The whole feels very smooth and silky for a light and very enjoyable fresh and crispy feel that marries the flavors so well.
Some juniper flavors complement the citrus and pineapple giving it a bit of a gin-tonic feel. Some slight buttery tones finish adding a welcome touch of complexity and depth.
This Cuvée Julien is a delight of lightness, freshness, and acidic fruitiness married to the refinement and depth of a sparkling wine aged on lees for quite a while.
Dry, crisp, fragrant, and somewhat mineral, it’s got everything to please the senses and will for sure satisfy most palates from the lovers of simple fruity bubblies to amateurs of fine bubbles. It’s got both in it!