Domaine de Trevallon, IGP Alpilles, Bouches du Rhone, France, 2009
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, £38
WSET style tasting note
Appearance – clear and bright, deep intensity ruby, showing legs.
Nose – clean on the nose, medium (+) intensity, developing, with aromas of stewed red berries, red currant, blackberry, floral – peony, liquorice, dark leaf tea, sweet spice – cinnamon and clove, slightest whiff of VA, dried currants, sweet tobacco, dried red pepper, sweet dried herbs, roasted nuts.
Palate – a dry wine, high acidity, medium (-) smooth ripe well-integrated tannins, medium alcohol and a medium body, medium (+) intensity, with flavours of black berry, red and black cherry, red currant, black olive, dried herbs, dried currants and raisins. A medium (+) length with a clean very lightly grippy red berried finish.
Quality – a very good quality wine, acidity supports the modest tannin giving a solid backbone and counterpoint to the fruit intensity. A good level of complexity on this well but not fully developed wine, with quite concentrated flavours, which promised though did not quite deliver, with a slightly disappointing length. Still, a beautifully balanced and complex wine.
Readiness for drinking/potential for ageing: can drink now, but has potential for further ageing over 3-5 years.