Bergerie du Capucin, Dame Jeanne Rouge, Pic Saint Loup 2018

£17.75

Grape: Syrah 70%, Grenache 15%, Mourvèdre 15%

This 15-hectare estate is the passion of Guilhem Viau, who produces multi award-winning wines from vineyards situated at 658 metres’ altitude on the first spurs of the Cevennes and Massif Central hills. The Dame Jeanne range is named after his ancestor whom Guilhem describes as ‘an elegant, beautiful, very vivacious lady; a shepherdess on the high plains of the Bergerie du Capucin’.

The vineyards are cultivated sustainably respecting the environment of this rugged landscape and allowing for the full expression of the garrigue and wild herbs that characterise this countryside.

AOP Pic Saint Loup is the most northern appellation in the Languedoc, located north of Montpellier, at the base of the Cevennes and Massif Central hills. The soil is chalky-clay on marly sub-soil which imparts elegance to the wines. The climate is influenced by the Mediterranean Sea which is 15 miles away, but is also continental due to the surrounding hills.

This cuvée was made without any influence of oak to preserve the fruity and spicy characteristics and was aged for 12 months, before being gently prepared for bottling.

Tasting Note:

A fresh and velvety wine with complex notes of blackberry, Morello cherry and peach complemented by violet, pepper and balsamic nuances. The velvety smooth and fleshy palate is enveloped in tight grained tannins through to a delicate eucalyptus note on the finish.

Grape: Syrah 70%, Grenache 15%, Mourvèdre 15%