Great wines are all about great unions. When the right terroir, grape and vintner come together, magic happens, just as the pairing of wine and food can be sublime.
Whilst sourcing the perfect rosé for the wedding of Laura their daughter in 2011, avid wine collectors Jeanne & Mervyn Davies formulated an idea of the type of Rosé they would love in creating their own.
At the time, Veronique was managing the home of Jeanne & Mervyn, and her partner Alexandre Samour, a vintner with over 15 years of winemaking experience, was working in Bastide de Marie. Over dinner one evening, Mervyn asked Alex if he could find some vines…
Within 6 months, Alex had found them the perfect location with an old house / garage on the land with no running water and no electricity… This meeting of minds, interests and aspirations forged the union that led to Jeanne & Mervyn to purchase 5 hectares of prime vineyard in Oppède, in the Luberon region of Provence.
Domaine Des Jeanne is Born!
Domaine Des Jeanne: named for Mervyn’s wife and Alex’s daughter, Jeanne appropriately means ‘divine gift’, and represents the importance of family to both founders.
With the vineyard situated between the mountains and the sea, close to the legendary wine-producing commune of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, local vintner Alex Samour set to work.
To create a complex taste with depth, the 2012 vintage was to be produced using fruit with 60% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 10% Clairette. This recipe coupled with the annual sun in the Lubéron region, created a beautifully feminine wine. Refreshingly dry, vivid with stunning fruit notes and a long finish.
With Grenache vines aged 10-25 years and the majority of Syrah at 10 years, our vineyard was producing high quality grapes from March 2012. Within no time at all, the first vendange (harvest) produced a high quality yield.
As part of the production process Chateauneuf du Pape producer, Serge Mouriesse, evaluated all the grapes accompanied by Alex. Before and after harvesting and throughout the fermentation process, Serge took samples of the crop, ensuring it met our high standards and was not contaminated.
In 2014, the winery (la cave) was fitted with state-of-the-art equipment from Italy including a press, de-stemmer (érafloir), 4 different storage tanks (chapeaux flottant) and a half-barrel (demi-muid) for our second vintage rosé wine.
This was a monumental occasion for us in DDJ as, up until that point, we had delegated the blending process to a trusted third party but now the entire process is solely down to Alex and his team.
Our vintner Alex proudly nurtures, harvests, processes and blends to produce all our Domaine des Jeanne wine.
During the vendange each September, Alex harvests only the highest quality grapes for the wine. Picked in the morning darkness ensuring that the freshness and flavour is retained in the grape, the grapes are then pressed as the juice is recovered. The mixture is cooled to 13 degrees Celsius and then decanted for 24 hours. The appropriate fermentation level is set and controlled by cool temperatures. The next 25 days are dedicated to fermentation where the sugars break down the natural yeast into alcohol. The blend then undergoes clean filtration and is bottled in Bordeaux style bottles.