Domaine de Trevallon, IGP Alpilles (first vintage under this IGP, was VdP Bouches du Rhone), Bouches du Rhone, PACA, France, 2009
This wine: lot No. LT29 (on front label), a 50:50 blend of cabernet sauvignon and syrah, no de-stemming, no added yeast, no added sulphur, aged for 20 months in oak foudre, no pre-bottling filtration, long (55mm) coated natural cork closure, 13% abv, Leon Stolarski, £38 (08/15)
Consumer tasting note: quite reticent to start, this takes a good hour or so after double decanting to open up, with notes including ever so slightly high-toned black cherry and liquorice, black currant, a touch floral, red currant jelly, low-key toast and a smoky edge; medium bodied with moderately intense flavours of black and red fruit jam, raisin and dried herbs. Finishes soundly long.
Drink now – RTD, but will keep for 2-4 years – Wait. Decant for 2 hours plus.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, deep intensity ruby, showing tears [a tiny quantity of soft granular sediment].
Nose: clean, medium (+) intensity, fully developed, with aromas as they come, of hints of struck match and beeswax, warm black liquorice, tobacco, a developing hint of lightly high-toned stewed black cherry, developing hint of blackcurrant juice, hint of black pepper, an indistinct yet rich floral note, hint of dried vanilla pod – mostly tobacco with just a suggestion of spice with a delicate creamy lactic edge, low-key warm toast, leaf humus, black olive, a touch smoky, quite clearly red currant jelly.
Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, fine-grained ripe medium tannins, medium (+) alcohol, medium body, medium (+) intensity, with flavours of black cherry jam, black currant juice, stewed red cherry, raisin, red currant jelly, a touch savoury, dried herbs. A long (~35s) length, with a light-moderately grippy finish of red currant jelly, with a touch of raisin and dried herbs on the end.
Quality: very good, the acidity emphasizes the tannins somewhat, which may be responsible for the sense of thinness in mid-palate – seemingly a tad lightweight for the alcohol; a decent intensity with slightly lesser concentration; showing moderate to high complexity, lacking a little in mid-palate, with evidence of time in wood (eg smoke, spice, toast) and extended time in bottle (eg dried vanilla pod, leaf humus, raisin, savoury, tobacco). Finishes soundly long.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: drink now, unsuited to further ageing, but will keep for 2-4 years – balanced now, well-developed with a significant tertiary profile, with little room for improvement.