February Wine Blog
Van Gogh, unstable, and ravaged by mental illness, was manically prolific during his time in Arles. His paintings explored mainly natural landscapes at this period. The sheer volume and undeniable genius of these works is staggering. Arles is situated about 7 km from a mountain range called the ‘Chaines Des Alpilles”. His most famous work “Starry Night”, and its less famous complement, “Olive Trees In A Mountainous Landscape” include haunting depictions of these beautiful mountains.
As well as Vincent’s dying secrets, this chain of mountains house the vineyards for an extraordinary Cabernet/Syrah blend, a rich and profound red, one that rivals many Bordeaux & Northern Rhone offerings I have had in my life.
Domaine de Trevallon is located in St. Etienne-du-Gres and they own 42 acres of vineyards planted to Syrah and Cabernet. The vineyards have a northern exposure and enjoy a cool micro-climate in the foothills of the Alpilles.
All viticulture is strictly organic, sheep manure taking the place of synthetic fertilizers and manual labor taking the place of herbicides. Insects are controlled by their natural enemies as the natural world is allowed to work its efficient systems.
The current vintage for the Domaine de Trevallon Rouge is 2007. The color of this wine is inky, purple & opaque, an opulent stainer from two thick-skinned grapes. the fruit is dense and sweet, but complex earthy tones, nuances of dried and fresh Provencal herbs and vanilla.
This and all my other selections are available upon request from:
Perman Wine Shop
802 W Washington Blvd
Chicago, IL 60607
312 666 4417
Food & Wine Magazine Top Sommelier 2011