Well yes, it is a Capuchin monk, as well as the French word for nasturtium – that pretty orange , yellow or red flower. But in this case, it's a type of bottle! Made of wood. Dating from the 6th century, it's shaped like a little barrel with a narrow bottle neck and surrounded by a series of iron rings. Vineyard workers would take them with them into the vines to drink and so its capacity would vary according to their thirst! In fact a thermos before its time – as it kept its contents cool...
These days the capucine is the emblem of the Confrérie de la Capucine (not surprising!) a "brotherhood" founded just 50 years ago in Toul for the feast of St Vincent, as its task is to parade the colours of the wines of the Côtes de Toul – and of the mirabelle (cherry plum brandy) that the wine growers of the Toulois region grow also on their land.
This golden anniversary was celebrated with great ceremony a few Sundays ago in Toul. A mass at the cathedral, celebrated by Monseigneur Papin, bishop of Toul and Nancy (the seat of the bishopric was in Toul until the arrival of Stanislas who transferred it to Nancy and had a new cathedral built). Here a very imposing Chapter no. 86 was founded – which has seen more than 60 enthronements– including my own...
Which prompts me to remind you that the Côtes de Toul were awarded three AOC nominations in 1998. Their composition is as follows:
Pale Rosé: Gamay 70% Pinot Noir 20% Auxerrois 10% / White : Auxerrois 100% / Red : Pinot Noir 100%
But do drink in moderation !
And if you read French, I recommend the very latest work with several "Capuchin" authors on the subject of Toul wines published by Coprur. A goldmine of historical information which I much enjoyed.