Réserve de Jeanne 2018 – (Magnum)

Réserve de Jeanne 2018 – (Magnum)

92/100 by Decanter

Grapes: Cabernet Franc & Syrah
Alcohol: 13.5% abv
Type: Dry Red
Vintage: 2018
Format: 150cl (Magnum)
Classification: AOP Cabardès
Region: Languedoc-Roussillon
Country: France




This wine is the winemaker’s uncompromising interpretation of a Cabardès, that is to say a fresh but tender wine, a correct but comfortable wine. Built around Cabernet Franc and oceanic Syrah, the Réserve de Jeanne veers away from the typicalities of the region. After harvest and sorting, grapes are fully crushed with pre-fermentation cold maceration for 5 days at 6° Celsius. Fermentation at 28° Celsius in 300 hl stainless steel tanks with no sulphite vinification and indigenous yeast. Daily pump overs with a vatting length of 30 days followed by malolactic fermentation. 30% of the blend matured for 12 months in 225 l oak barrels and 70% of the blend matured in cement vats with micro oxygenation. A complex and characterful wine here – atypical in that it offers so much more than juicy plum fruit and is more like a full bodied Rhône wine. On the nose there are aromas of bramble and hedgerow, a bit herbaceous, alongside roasted herbs. The palate is has a  fresh expression of this terroir with intense aromas of red fruits with spicy notes, a well balanced structure and elegant tannins.

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