Domaine de Trevallon, Vin de Pays (IGP) Des Bouches du Rhone, Bouches du Rhone, France, 2003
A 50: 50 blend of cabernet sauvignon and syrah. No destemming, no added yeast, no added sulphur, aged for 20 months in oak foudre, no filtration before bottling. Natural long cork closure, 13% abv, Leon Stolarski Fine Wines, £40
WSET style tasting note
Appearance – clear and bright, deep intensity ruby, showing legs.
Nose – clean on the nose, medium (+) intensity, fully developed, with slightly high-toned aromas of red plum jam, a rich almost rancid note reminiscent of a Maury or Banyuls fortified wine, stewed red plum, over-ripe black cherry, wet prunes, black olive tapenade, chocolate, dried herbs, and a rich savoury undertone, sweet tobacco, and a slight woody edge.
Palate – a dry wine, medium (+) acidity, fine-grained medium (+) tannins, medium alcohol, a medium (+) body, medium (+) intensity, with flavours of blackcurrant boiled sweets, rich black cherry jam, over-ripe black plum, with sweet tobacco and black olive on the end. A medium (+) length with a clean ripe black fruit finish, with a significant, yet not unpleasant grip.
Quality – a very good quality wine, tannins are a little on the high side, but fine-grained and not too drying, which will suit consumption with a meal. Otherwise a well-balanced wine with good acidity, intensity and concentration of mainly black fruited flavours. A fully developed complex wine with a rich tertiary component in the aroma palette, following through quite well to the mid-palate, and on to the decent length.
Readiness for drinking/potential for ageing: drink now, not suitable for further ageing, but will hold for 2-3 years.