“Esprit” Domaine des Jeanne – Rosé, Luberon 2018
“Esprit” Domaine des Jeanne – Rosé, Luberon 2018
“Esprit” Domaine des Jeanne – Rosé, Luberon 2018

The Domaine

Domaine des Jeanne was formed when Welshman Lord Mervyn Davies of Abersoch was introduced to winemaker Alexandre Samour, whilst sourcing the perfect rosé for his daughter’s wedding in 2011.

The Vineyard in Oppède, in the Luberon region of Provence, is situated between the mountains and the sea, close to the legendary wine-producing commune of Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

The domaine’s first harvest was in 2012, releasing their first rosé in 2013, named ‘Jeanne’ after his Mervyn’s wife and Alex’s daughter. Jeanne appropriately means ‘divine gift’, and represents the importance of family to both founders.

The Wine

Lovingly produced from grenache, syrah and clairette grape varieties, its rose petal colour precedes a red and white fruit bouquet highlighted with citrus notes; a well-balanced crisp palate, full of freshness, with a subtle fruity finale.

 

This wine works well on its own or partnered with fish, spicy foods and lamb. Enjoy over the next couple of years.

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Calmel & Joseph – Chardonnay Villa Blanche, 2019
Calmel & Joseph – Chardonnay Villa Blanche, 2019
Calmel & Joseph – Chardonnay Villa Blanche, 2019

Tasting Note
Very expressive with white flowers and fruity aromas of apricot and vineyard peach, along with dried fruit and nut overtones. Straightforward, clean, full and well-balanced on the palate, with a fresh and fruity finish revealing mango and citrus overtones. The oak is subtle and very smooth. This vintage shows lovely acidic tension: elegant.

Ageing

Chardonnay are aged for three months in oak barrels (30% of the vintage).

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Calmel & Joseph – Syrah Villa Blanche, 2019
Calmel & Joseph – Syrah Villa Blanche, 2019
Calmel & Joseph – Syrah Villa Blanche, 2019

Tasting Note
Deep purple red colour. This vintage is fresher than the 2013 with aromas of red fruits, blackcurrant, blackbery and spices. The mouth is well balanced, round and fruity. Notes of truffles and gunflint. Tannins are soft with a generous finish of spices. Very nice balance on this vintage clearly elegant.

Ageing
10% of the wine is aged for three months in oak barrels of 2 vintages. The remaining 90% is raised in tanks on fine lees.

 

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Guide Gilbert & Gaillard 2016
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Côtes du Roussillon Villages AOP Calmel & Joseph, 2016
Côtes du Roussillon Villages AOP Calmel & Joseph, 2016
Côtes du Roussillon Villages AOP Calmel & Joseph, 2016

Deep purple red colour, almost black. The nose is pronounced with hints of ripe red fruits, almost jammy. Cherry, fig and dried plum dominate. The attack is concentrated but soft. Natural sugar envelops soft tannins. Aromas of candied fruits cover the back of the palate. Nice balance and good length.

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Faugères AOP Calmel & Joseph, 2015/17
Faugères AOP Calmel & Joseph, 2015/17
Faugères AOP Calmel & Joseph, 2015/17

Beautiful cherry red hue with dark black tints. Aromas of undergrowth, garrigue and a touch of mint on the first nose. The wine is honest and clean on entry, with notes of game and mushrooms. Spicy notes of thyme, rosemary and lavender come through after the glass is swirled a few times. The tannins are prominent and reveal ripe fruit aromas. This wine has a very strong personality yet expresses itself with finesse and elegance.

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Merlot “Grain d’Automne” Pays d’Oc IGP Domaine Bergon, 2018
Merlot “Grain d’Automne” Pays d’Oc IGP Domaine Bergon, 2018
Merlot “Grain d’Automne” Pays d’Oc IGP Domaine Bergon, 2018

Plummy dark fruit flavours combine with subtle toasty notes. A medium to full bodied wine, displaying smooth overtones and a lingering finish.

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Saint Chinian AOP Calmel & Joseph, 2015
Saint Chinian AOP Calmel & Joseph, 2015
Saint Chinian AOP Calmel & Joseph, 2015

Tasting Note
This wine is made from a blend of grapes, 70% of which come from vines planted on a clay-limestone soil and 30% from vines planted on schist. Deep red hue. Intense on the nose with harmonious ripe aromas: cherries mingling with plums and slightly peaty notes. It is clean and straightforward on the palate with a nice hint of bitterness which lifts the finish which has an iodized touch. The wine is tauter than the preceding vintage. Lovely overall balance and a gorgeous tannic grain. A lovely vintage best appreciated in the next 7-8 years.

 

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Sauvignon “Grain d’Automne” Pay’s d’Oc IGP Domaine Bergon, 2019
Sauvignon “Grain d’Automne” Pay’s d’Oc IGP Domaine Bergon, 2019
Sauvignon “Grain d’Automne” Pay’s d’Oc IGP Domaine Bergon, 2019

This wine is sourced from vineyards near the town of Beziers. Very fresh grassy Sauvignon grape character. Full rich flavour with good acidity.

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