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.
WHERE IT ALL BEGAN
WITH A WEDDING
While sourcing the perfect rosé for the wedding of Laura their daughter in 2011, avid wine collectors Lady Jeanne & Lord Mervyn Davies formulated an idea of the type of rosé they would love if they were to create their own.
WITH THE RIGHT PEOPLE
In 2011, Veronique was managing the home of Lady Jeanne & Lord Mervyn Davies.
Veronique’s partner, Alexandre Samour, was a vintner with over 15 years of winemaking experience.
Over dinner one evening, Mervyn asked Alex if he could find some vines and Alex said he would…
THE RIGHT TIME
the right place…
Within 6 months, Alex had found them the perfect location with an old building on the land. It had no running water and no electricity…
This meeting of minds, interests and aspirations forged the union that led to Jeanne & Mervyn to purchase 7 hectares of prime vineyard in Oppède, in the Luberon region of Provence…
and Domaine Des Jeanne was born!
What’s in a name?
Domaine Des Jeanne is named after Mervyn’s wife: Jeanne; and Alex’s daughter: Petite Jeanne. Our name represents the importance of family to us.
For the eagle-eyed among you, you might have noticed, the names of each of our wines begins with ‘JJ’… to pay homage to both Jeannes! Some may think when we write JJ’adore that we typed it incorrectly, however, now you will see it’s intentional.
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.