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Dopff au Moulin G Point Brut Crémant d’Alsace
$17.95 | LCBO# 19029

The Dopff family is one of Alsace’s oldest wine making families, having been at it since 1574 at the family winery, Dopff au Moulin at Riquewihr in the foothills of the Vosges Mountains. Their influence over the ages has been particularly felt in the sparkling wines of the region, Crémant d’Alsace. In the early 1900’s it was Julien Dopff who brought the traditional method of making Crémant, borrowing the technique from a nearby wine region that begins with the letter ‘C’. And by 1976, Pierre Dopff had secured official A.O.C. recognition for Crémant d’Alsace, ensuring the name would be inextricably linked to the category of wine. And yet for all that tradition, the Dopff au Moulin G Point Crémant d’Alsace is very much a modern wine, and must come from a sensibility that doesn’t take itself too seriously: the translation of the label is g-spot.

The G Point is an even mix of the very Alsation white grapes Pinot Blanc and Auxerrois. The result is a rounder sparkling wine: creamy with notes of red apple and a strong but fine fizz. It’s a bit of what the French call a “glou-glou” or “glug-glug” wine: it goes down easy, and it’s a bit of fun for a period of time that desperately needs it. It would pair well with popcorn and a screening of the Oscars on Sunday night. At $18, it’s certainly worth a try.

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