Domaine de Travallon, Vin de Pays des Bouches du Rhone, Bouches du Rhone, France, 2006 (there are also tasting notes here for 2009, 2003 and 1995)
This wine: 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, 13.5% abv, Leon Stolarski Fine Wines, £39 (2015)
Consumer tasting note: rich mouthfilling mostly ripe black fruits, spice and liquorice, a sound structure of acidity and smooth low-key tannins, medium body, quite complex with red and stewed fruits and spiciness from oak and bottle ageing, with a richly flavoured lingering length of black cherry and spice.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, deep intensity ruby, showing tears
Nose: clean, pronounced intensity, developing, with aromas, as they come, of black currant, black cherry, black berry, spice – cinnamon, cedar, black olive tapenade, a slight floral richness, spicy red plum, stewed red cherry, dried herbs, liquorice, tar, stewed black cherry, dried berries, sweet tobacco …
Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, ripe smooth medium (-) tannins, medium alcohol and a medium body, medium (+) intensity, a silky texture with a sensation of sweetness in mid-palate, with flavours of bright black cherry, black plum, black currant, spice, herbes de provence, a whiff of liquorice. A long length with a clean lightly grippy black cherry finish.
Quality: a very good quality wine, perfect balancing acidity and tannins with alcohol and decent flavour intensity, decent rather than outstanding concentration, but quite complex, and showing some tertiary development from oak and bottle ageing with notes of tar, stewed and dried fruit notes. Follows through to the expected long length.
Readiness for drinking/ageing potential: can drink now, but has potential for ageing – well-balanced with lots of rich ripe fruit, good flavour concentration, some early promising development showing. Should improve over 3-5 years.