** THE LITTLE BROTHER OF THE HIGHLY ACCLAIMED LARMANELA AND VERY WELL WORTH THE INVESTIGATION! **
Awarded 94 points and Highly Recommended (article-topping) status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their February 2021 article (by Andrew Jefford) on the Languedoc appellation of Pic St-Loup (see blue link below).
Bergerie du Capucin, Dame Jeanne Rouge, Pic St-Loup 2018 - February 2021 Decanter review
Awarded a Silver medal and 90 points at the 2020 Decanter World Wine Awards (click link for details and review).
For other 2020 DWWA winners, click here.
"A blend of Syrah with 25 per cent Grenache and 5 per cent Mourvèdre (Exel note: this varies year-to-year, see blend mix below), this is a pure, bright and zesty red blend, entirely aged in tank. There’s a wildflower and thyme sweetness to the aromas, a little meaty richness and a twist of orange peel, too – but everything in moderation and just proportion. Pure and poised. 91/100" - Andrew Jefford, of the 2015 (see his article linked below).
See here for awards for this wine and also for others from La Bergerie du Capucin.
La Bergerie du Capucin (LBdC) extends over more than 15 hectares on Pic Saint-Loup land in the communes of Lauret and Valflaunès. For LBdC, wine is a family affair, its beauty and bouquet reflecting the values transmitted from generation to generation. The original Bergerie stands only a few km from the vineyard and modern winery. Jeanne, a beautiful shepherdess on the high plains of the Bergerie du Capucin - inspire their first wine, reminding of the delicate, round characteristics of our family wines and the hill paths she trod each day.
At up to 650 metres in altitude and ~30 kilometres from the Mediterranean - on the first spurs of the Cevennes and Massif Central - the Pic Saint-Loup appellation abounds with the perfume and purity of the most northern (and among the most elevated) of the Languedoc appellations; holm oaks, garrigue scrubland, pines, thyme, laurel and rosemary. Fruit springs to life from the heart of varied soils, chalky-clay on marly sub-soils, and forge their character over contrasting seasons. In winter, the soil receives enough water to balance out the moderately dry summer and the huge - but crucial - swings in temperature between day and night. The exacting and contrasting Pic Saint Loup land, its soil types and climate, are all reflected in the traits of the wines of Pic St-Loup.
See this excellent article by Andrew Jefford - from Decanter (www.decanter.com) in October 2017 - for far more detail on both Bergerie du Capucin and the Pic St-Loup appellation.
For this wine, the Dame Jeanne rouge 2018, see the blue link below for the fiche technique/technical note from Guilhem and the team at Bergerie du Capucin. Lest there be any doubt, the Dame Jeanne is not oak aged.
Bergerie du Capucin Dame Jeanne rouge, Pic St-Loup - fiche technique
65% Syrah, 17½% Grenache, 17½% Mourvèdre.
A gentle, sweet encounter with woodland berries and spicy aromas, the red hue of Dame Jeanne exalts the soft, fresh and delicate fragrances of our garrigue scrubland populated by green oaks. Created from the marriage of the three essential Pic Saint-Loup grape varieties of Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre. This wine is the perfect accompaniment throughout a meal, from white meats to a chocolate dessert.
ABV = 14.5% (Decanter review says 14.0%; the bottle reads as 14.5%).