Domaine de Trévallon rouge 2007

One of the greatest vintages at Trévallon !

The wine :
Trévallon is known for its long aging process, more than 2 years for its reds. Racking is kept to a strict minimum, the lees found at the bottom of the barrels continue to nourish the wine during the ageing process

The vintage :
Nothing would have predicted a great vintage; no exceptional weather conditions, no early spring, no hot or dry summer. But right from the start of the harvest, we noticed that the grapes had a lot of flavour and were extraordinarily rich

Situation :
North Alpilles

Terroir :
Limestone and clay soil, very stony: Hauterivian et Barremian, second stage of the lower Cretaceous, less than 130 million years

In the vineyard :
Beginning of the harvest: 17 September. End of the harvest: 28 September

Winemaking :
No de-stemming, yeasting or sulphur. Ageing 24 months in foudres and barrels. Fining with fresh egg white. No filtration before bottling

Cépages :
Syrah : 50%
Cabernet Sauvignon : 50%

Tasting Notes

A classic Trévallon nose of mulberry, bramble and blackcurrant, with notes of flowers, meat, leather and citrus. The depth of fruit is immense, but the balance is nigh-on perfect, with juicy, citrussy acidity combining with super-ripe tannins in a wine which I find almost impossible to fault. Trévallon is never velvety or soft - it is wild, herby, spicy and full of the flavours of Provence, but the 2007 is generous, yet focused, complex, beautifully structured and possessed of real finesse. One of the best Trévallons - if not the greatest - produced in the last 20 years, and I have no doubt that it will also be very long-lived. An absolute masterpiece.

The 2007 was the best youthful vintage, already eminently drinkable with lovely a concentration of ripe and dark fruit.

This has a much deeper colour than the 2009 and looks considerably younger. This dense, youthful, black wine has a fabulous nose of roasted barbecued meat with hints of straw and herbes de Provence. There is lots of fruit on the palate. This is a real powerhouse. Solid, chunky and with great depth and length. Certainly the best young Trevallon that I've tasted.

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