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Domaine de Trévallon rouge 2008

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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

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: 22 September. End of the harvest: 3 October

Vinification :
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

I usually drink the Rhone wine much, but Trevallon 2008 which I took last night(2017/08/24) was excellent. I am so impressed with the quality, nice flower yet very nicely complicated like the best wine in Brdeaux. My first impression is Jesus, is this Lynch Bages 1982 :). I heard to use only 2 grapes does not match the appellation criteria to be "Chateauneuf du Pape", but so what? I love yours. Thank you Durrbach family, you are making really a good wine!!

So attractive and alluring, with masses of redcurrant, raspberry, even strawberry aromas, with darker fruits lurking in the background. But it isn't *just* about the fruit - enticing notes of polished old wood, tobacco, all-spice and garrigue herbs all add up to a very complex wine. On the palate, you get a big hit of beautifully ripe, spicy, herby red/black fruit, with remarkably fine tannins and a backbone of mouth-watering acidity. Remarkably easy to drink now, but will age nicely for another 10 years.

We continued with a 2008. Once again the wine was sublime.

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