Domaine de Trévallon rouge 1995

An ideal summer tainted by a disastrous month of September made for a vintage of very good quality

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

Location

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: 25 September. End of the harvest: 4 October

Vinification

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

Varietals

Cabernet sauvignon : 50%
Syrah : 50%

Tasting notes

November 2007:
The colour is deep red, nearly without any traces of age. On the nose it is constantly changing, mixing notes of morello cherries and chocolate with tertiary notes of humous and dried roses. In the mouth, there is definite fruit with refreshing acidity. The finish is still powerful and the tannins, which are have developed very well, are already well integrated. A very lovely wine which can be drunk now or left to develop.

September 2009: Lovely flavours of blackcurrants, thyme, truffles and bay. Silky and tender in the mouth reminds you of "la truffe sous la cendre" (black Perigord truffle covered in layers of foie gras and poultry stuffing, encased in pastry, and then deep-fried.) Le grand guide des vins de France Bettane & Desseauve 17.5/20

Food and wine pairings

Marinated and grilled wild boar, lamb...


Reviews


"This has a mature colour and an Autumnal nose. Fairly hot and roasted and blind I would have guessed it as Chateauneuf du Pape. Leathery and earthy, rustic like the 1997 but cleaner and with more depth. " [+]
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