2012 Pic St. Loup, Bergerie du Capucin, Dame Jeanne – €11.50
This Pic St. Loup comes from one of the newer estates of the Pic St. Loup, with 2008 the first vintage.
Hitherto all the grapes had gone to the cooperative in St. Mathieu de Treviers. This coop is sufficiently imaginative not to insist on a total commitment of vineyards, so Guillaume Viau was able to extract 12 hectares from the coop, while his father-in-law continued to send them his grapes.
Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre are the principal grape varieties of the Pic St. Loup and must make up at least 90% of the blend, while Carignan and Cinsaut are considered complimentary varieties.
Syrah tends to be the dominant variety, as it is in this wine, because it performs so well in the cooler climate of the Pic St. Loup. Élevage is a minimum of twelve months, including two months in bottle. This cuvee has been aged in vat.
It has a good colour, with ripe red fruit and a touch of tapenade. The palate is rounded, with good depth and silky tannins making for a elegant balance.
A classic Pic St. Loup.
Bergerie du Capucin, Boisset Valflaunès 34270. Their website www.bergerieducapucin.fr asks you to ring them on 06 87 83 11 84, if you would like to visit them.