REINE JEANNE CHÂTEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE
80% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 5% Mourvèdre, 5% Cinsault
“Remain close to the source in order to better understand the constraints, but also harness its potential.” This maxim guides Ogier’s principles in producing some of the most awarded wines from the Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation. The estate’s vineyards are spread throughout several small valleys, covered in its hallmark round pebbles and stones. By reflecting the sun’s heat, this stony soil enables grapes to retain exceptional levels of ripeness to produce large-bodied and complex wines that make Ogier one of the foremost houses in the Rhône Valley. This cuvée is named after Jeanne of Naples, Countess of Provence, known as “La Reine Jeanne”, sold the City of Avignon to Clement VI, who absolved her of any suspicion of involvement in her first husband’s assassination. She in turn supported the Pope of Avignon during the Papal Schism. Reine Jeanne reflects the character of such a strongwilled, passionate woman.WINEMAKING & VINTAGE NOTES
The terroir includes large siliceous pebble terraces with sandy red clay. The grapes are hand harvested. Partial destalking of Grenache grapes depending upon the vintage (maximum 15% whole cluster) – cold prefermentation maceration (12°C) during 4 days for the Syrah and Cinsault – 2 times of racking during fermentation and long maceration of 21 to 30 days and light racking if necessary. The wine is aged in large oak barrels “foudres” (60-80 Hl/from 1 to 40 years) for 12 months.TASTING NOTES
Deep ruby color with purple hints. Intense and elegant–very harmonious with red fruits (cherry, raspberry and blackcurrant) melded with black pepper, eucalyptus and leather notes with a long freshness. Very full on the palate, pure fruit aromas with a delicate animal background raising very elegant and attractive tannins.