Bergerie du Capucin Dame Jeanne Blanc Saint Guilhem le Désert 2019

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Bergerie du Capucin Dame Jeanne Blanc Saint Guilhem le Désert 2019

Country - France

Region - Languedoc-Roussillon

Grape Varieties - Chardonnay 70%, Roussanne 15%, Viognier 15%

Alcohol by volume - 13.5%

Bottle - 75cl

Producer - Bergerie Du Capucin

Tasting notes - An expressive wine with aromas of mango, jasmine and star anise leading to a richly textured palate with balancing freshness and lovely flinty character which carries through to a long, persistent finish.

Awards
Silver, DWWA, 2021

Bergerie du Capucin Dame Jeanne Blanc Saint Guilhem le Désert 2019

A richly textured yet refreshing wine with aromas of
mango, jasmine and stone fruits underpinned by a
delicious flinty and mineral character.
ProducerNote
This 15-hectare estate is the passion of Guilhem Viau, who produces multi awardwinning 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’, while ‘Les 100 Pas du Berger’ translates
as the ‘100 Steps of the Shepherd’, which pays homage to path she trod. 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.
Vintage
2019 marks a return to a more classic profile than the previous year. There was less rain
than in 2018; the rain fell mainly in autumn and winter, with a marked absence during
the summer which experienced a series of heatwaves. Managing the water levels was
a key issue in the vineyards. The vines were in excellent health at harvest and the
grapes reached good levels of maturity.
Vineyard
The grapes come from the Pic Saint Loup appellation, the most northerly in the
Languedoc, at the base of the Cevennes and Massif Central. However, as the Pic Saint
Loup appellation only covers red and rose wines, this white wine is produced under the
IGP of Saint Guilhem le Desert. 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 it is also continental due to the surrounding hills. The diurnal
temperature variation can be significant, with over 25°C difference between day and
night, promoting a long growing season, resulting in concentrated wines with excellent
balance. Average annual rainfall is 1,000mm which nourishes the vines throughout the
warm, dry summer. The vineyards are cultivated sustainably, ploughing takes place to
ensure good aeration of the soil and since 2020 the estate is in conversion to organic
status. Harvesting takes place in the cool of the night.
Winemaking
The Chardonnay grapes were harvested in two tranches, the first to obtain grapes with
high natural acidity and the second tranche, one week later, with higher aromatic
expression and body. The grapes were gently pressed and transferred to stainless steel
tanks at cool temperatures to clarify the juice. Each variety was vinified separately and
later blended. Fermentation took place with selected yeasts at 16 to 17°C in stainless
steel tanks to retain the fruitiness of the blend. Vinified without oak, maturation took
place in tank on the fine lees with bâtonnage to impart texture.
TastingNote
An expressive wine with aromas of mango, jasmine and star anise leading to a richly
textured palate with balancing freshness and lovely flinty character which carries
through to a long, elegant finish.
Grape
Chardonnay 70%, Roussanne 15%, Viognier 15%


Awards
Silver, DWWA, 2021


Winemaker: Guilhem Viau
Region: LanguedocRoussillon
Subregion: Saint-Guilhem-leDésert
Country: France
Alcohol: 13.5%

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