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Domaine Treloar
Domaine Treloar
Yorkshireman Jonathan Hesford and his New Zealander wife Rachel Treloar created Domaine Treloar in 2006. All life-change stories need a catalyst, and theirs happened on September 11 2001. At the time, Jon and Rachel were living 500 metres from the World Trade Centre in New York. They watched both planes hit the twin towers and lost several friends and colleagues in the disaster. They lived like refugees for the following 3 months and Jon lost his job. Nevertheless, he thanked his lucky stars that he didnít attend the meeting on the 110th floor that day. When the dust had settled (both literally and figuratively) Jon and Rachel decided to re-focus their lives to do something that inspired them. Both were very interested in wine Ė so they decided to become vignerons. Rachel is from New Zealand and, as Jon had always had a high regard for its wines, they moved there to get a good grounding. Jon took a postgraduate diploma at Lincoln University, where hard work and commitment helped him to top the class. He was then offered a job as a winemaker at Neudorf Vineyards, one of the finest estates in the country, and in two years there he learned hands-on what it takes to make world-class wines. Jon and Rachel chose eventually to come to the Roussillon region of France to run their own estate, since they found New Zealand too remote and land prices too costly to start a vineyard that would not produce any grapes for three years.

They farm approximately 11 hectares of vines, planted in the Aspres hills of the Roussillon, between the Mediterranean and the majestic Mont Canigou. The Aspres are characterised by poor, stony soils lying over a clay and limestone subsoil. This gives the wines a particular elegance and freshness for the region. The vines are densely planted and range in age from 10 to 40+ years. Treloar employ best practices taken from local knowledge, New World techniques, current research and endless striving to make the best wines possible from the local grape varieties and terroir. They also follow a sustainable vineyard management programme, predicting disease pressure before spraying, and are in the process of moving to more organic practices. No chemical fertilizers are used and they mow and cultivate to limit weed growth, erosion and vine vigour and are developing a natural wildlife habitat in the centre of the vineyards. We have imported every single cuvée from Domaine Treloar since the release of their first ever vintage (2006) and they now form an integral - nay, absolutely vital - part of our range. In the few short years since the beginning, the wines of Domaine Treloar have garnered much praise, from both critics and consumers alike, and its place amongst the top echelon of Languedoc and Roussillon growers seems assured.

Domaine Treloar One Block Muscat 2012 IGP Côtes Catalanes
Domaine Treloar One Block Muscat 2012
Vintage
2012

Region Trouillas in the Cotes du Roussillon, west of Perpignan
Colour/Style Dry white - medium bodied.
Grapes 100% Muscat a Petits Grains
Alcohol (a.b.v)
13.0%
Food Aperitif, salads, seafoods, chicken, creamy cheeses
Next day
Still really good
Drink Drink now or up to 2015
Delightfully fragrant and grapey on the nose, with notes of tree blossom, oranges, apricots and a whiff of fine herbs (notably oregano). There's a touch of CO2 spritz, which settles down in the glass. Fresh, grapey and lightly citrussy in the mouth, with a hint of zesty orange. Medium-rich, and with some real depth, but remaining very refreshing. Finishes long, zesty and tangy. A serious Muscat.
 

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Domaine Treloar La Terre Promise 2012 IGP Côtes Catalanes
Domaine Treloar La Terre Promise 2012
Vintage
2012

Region Trouillas, west of Perpignan
Colour/Style Dry white - medium-bodied, fermented and aged in barrel 
Grapes 65% Grenache Gris, 25% Macabeu, 10% Carignan Blanc
Alcohol (a.b.v)
13.5%
Food Fruits de mer, paella, steamed fish, chicken or cheese
Next day
Better still - takes time to evolve
Drink Now, or up to 2018
Aged for 9 months in French oak barrels (10% new). Despite its origin and blend of grapes, there is something faintly Burgundian in the aromatic and flavour profile of this wine. A hint of orchard fruit and tangy citrus, but it's the non-fruit elements that stand out - piquant herbs, slate/wet stone and an intriguing but unmistakeable hint of freshly-harvested oysters(!) The palate offers a warmth and strength of body that screams southern France, of course, but there is a distinct lack of "heat". Indeed, it possesses more than a little elegance, with plenty of subtle fruit and mineral flavours, with a welcome rasp of grape and/or wood tannin, a healthy lick of mouth-watering acidity and a long, gently warming finish. Classy wine, which would (surprise surprise!) be a brilliant match for a selection of fruits de mer, or lots of other unadorned seafood or fish dishes.
 

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Domaine Treloar MO2 N/V Vin de France (50cl)
Treloar MO2 2009
Vintage
Strictly speaking, non-vintage, but made from grapes from the 2009 harvest

Region Trouillas, south-west of Perpignan
Colour/Style White, almost dry, lightly fortified
Grapes 100% Muscat à Petit Grains
Alcohol (a.b.v)
15.0%
Food Aperitif, foie gras, patés, cheeses
Next day
Stays fresh for many days after opening
Drink Anytime over the next 5 to 50 years!
Described by winemaker Jon Hesford as "fermented in the presence of oxygen until dry, fortified with grape spirit and aged in a 2 year-old oak barrel with headspace, out in the sun". Basically, it was a batch of Muscat that "went wrong" (i.e. oxidised - hence the name) due to a technical fault with a grape press. Instead of sending the resulting juice to be distilled, Jon decided to experiment. The result is a wine that to all intents and purposes looks and smells like a slightly nutty (in both senses of the word) Muscat de Rivesaltes, a deep-ish orange/gold colour with orange marmalade and solera/flor-like notes, classic Muscat grapiness, a touch of honey, perhaps even a hint of digestive biscuit and a subtle herbiness. And whilst your nose prepares you for a sweet wine, the palate is very definitely almost dry, with only the fortifying grape spirit contributing a perception of "off-dryness". Conversely, the texture is quite rich and unctious, coating the mouth with delicious grapey, marmaladey, buttery/biscuity and nutty flavours, yet remaining steadfastly refreshing and distinctly tangy. This really is a wine for contemplation ,and the length, by the way, is immense - unlike Parker, I'm not one to put the stopwatch on, but we're talking minutes, rather than seconds. I could try and categorise it, but that would be unfair to a wine that is - albeit by accident, rather than design - pretty unique. In short, it is completely and utterly lovely.
 

Price:  £16.25 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Domaine Treloar Le Ciel Vide 2011 Côtes du Roussillon
Domaine Treloar Le Ciel Vide 2011
Vintage
2011

Region Cotes du Roussillon, Trouillas, south-west of Perpignan
Colour/Style Dry red - full bodied, aged partly in vat, partly in oak
Grapes 55% Syrah, 30% Grenache, 15% Mourvedre
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.0%
Food Barbequed meats, sausages, rich casseroles, pizza
Next day
At its best on day 1, but still keeps well overnight
Drink Can be drunk now, but will age nicely for another 3-5 years
This inky-dark, semi-opaque wine has a nose of uber-ripe bramble and cassis, with notes of damp earth, polished leather and tobacco, with just a hint of older oak. The palate is rich and ripe, with intensely concentrated flavours of red and blacks fruits, pepper and spice and a touch of warming eau de vie. The tannins are quite grippy, but nicely balanced by ample acidity. It certainly isn't a quaffer, but is a great match for spicy, herby sausages or a slab of medium-rare steak. It isn't for wimps, but you get a lot of bang for your buck. And whilst good to drink now, it has the potential to age nicely for a few years.
 

Price:  £9.60 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Domaine Treloar One Block Grenache 2011 IGP Côtes Catalanes
Domaine Treloar One Block Grenache 2011
Vintage
2011

Region Côtes Catalanes, Trouillas, south-west of Perpignan
Colour/Style Dry red - medium-bodied, 25% aged in oak for 1 year
Grapes 70% Grenache, 30% Lledoner Pelut
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.5%
Food Spicy sausages, meat balls, roasted vegetables
Next day
As good
Drink Good now, with food, or over the next 5 to 8 years
A blend of Grenache and it's close relative, the "hairy leaved" Lledoner Pelut. From a tiny yield of just 16 hl/ha, this is deep, dark and extracted - on the eye, nose and palate. Just the merest whiff of farmyard, to accompany a veritable riot of black cherry, raspberry, bramble and blackcurrant fruit. The palate is a mix of fruit pastilles, wine gums and liquorice allsorts, with a side serving of high-cocoa-content dark chocolate, with dusty, slightly rustic tannins, countered by just the right level of juicy acidity. Not for wimps, at the moment, but it has the makings of a really good, hearty, warming wine, once it has had the benefit of a year or so in bottle. A sort of "Roussillon does Chateauneuf"...... but for a lot less money. Another cracker from this most reliable of growers - and really good value for money.
 

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Domaine Treloar Three Peaks 2011 Côtes du Roussillon
Domaine Treloar Three Peaks 2011
Vintage
2011

Region Cotes du Roussillon, Trouillas, south-west of Perpignan
Colour/Style Dry red - full bodied. Aged 12 months in used oak barrels
Grapes 60% Syrah, 15% Mourvedre, 20% Grenache, 5% Carignan
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.0%
Food Grilled meats, casseroles, cheese
Next day
Still good
Drink Lovely now, but will age nicely to 2020 and beyond
As always seems to be the case with this cuvée, the nose exhibits a considerably complex array of ripe, high-toned raspberry, bramble and meat/savoury aromas, with hints of iodine, leather, forest floor and a lick of spicy oak. The palate is deep, rich and extracted, yet remains delightfully fresh, with dense, dark fruit, herb and exotic spice flavours wrapped around a core of firm, rich, rustic tannins and high-toned, ever-so-slightly volatile acidity. I have said this before of previous vintages, but once again, I can honestly say that the bar has been set even higher with this one. It really is a benchmark Roussillon expression of the S/G/M blend, with wonderful ageing potential. Which only goes to underline my assertion that Three Peaks is one of the best wines, in terms of quality and price, in the Treloar range. A rare and fabulous bargain.
 

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Domaine Treloar Le Secret 2008 Côtes du Roussillon
Treloar Le Secret 2008
Vintage
2008
 
Region Cotes du Roussillon, Trouillas, south-west of Perpignan
Colour/Style Dry red - full bodied, aged in oak barriques 
Grapes 80% Syrah, plus Grenache and Mourvedre
Alcohol (a.b.v)
13.5%
Food Beef, lamb, game, cheese
Next day
Better still
Drink Excellent now, but will age for up to 8 years
The colour is very similar to the Three Peaks, though a little darker and more opaque. And despite the fact that Syrah is the dominant variety, the small amount of Mourvedre really shows through, with some really smoky, meaty, leathery, almost farmyardy notes mingled with the bramble fruit, but countered by notes of orange peel and fried spices. There's a touch of oak influence, but it is totally harmonious and serves only to add complexity. The palate has a delightful freshness, with juicy fruit flavours and fine tannins countered (or rather complemented) by excellent acidity. Moreover - and this is something I've noticed in most of the latest crop of Treloar wines - there's absolutely no impression of heat or over-ripeness, with the alcohol level at a very respectable 13.5%. Slightly earlier picked grapes, perhaps? Whatever the reason, the result is more freshness, more finesse and wines which are much easier to drink young. Having said that, this is yet another wine with excellent keeping potential - I'd say another 5 to 8 years.
 

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Domaine Treloar Le Maudit 2011 Côtes du Roussillon
Domaine Treloar Le Maudit 2011
Vintage
2011

Region Cotes du Roussillon, Trouillas, south-west of Perpignan
Colour/Style Dry red - full bodied. Aged 12 months in oak barriques
Grapes Carignan
Alcohol (a.b.v)
13.7%
Food Grilled meats, game, cheese
Next day
Better still
Drink Good now, but will age nicely for another 5+ years
100% Carignan from low-yielding 60-year-old vines (harvested at just 20 hl/ha) and aged for 12 months in 3-5 year-old oak barrels. The nose shows typical old-vine Carignan traits of dusty bramble and raspberry, old leather and undergrowth, with hints of fine eau de vie and polished wood. The oak is still a little prominent, but little notes of mint, balsam, mineral and citrus add complexity and freshness. A combination of ripe, juicy fruit flavours, rustic tannins and heightened aciditymake for a refreshingly sweet and sour feel. Again, there are some quite oaky, bready notes, but these should integrate after a year or two in bottle, and it finishes nicely dry, cool and spicy, with a nice acidic bite.
 

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Domaine Treloar Motus 2011 Côtes du Roussillon
Domaine Treloar Motus 2011
Vintage
2011

Region Côtes du Roussillon, Trouillas, south-west of Perpignan
Colour/Style Dry red - full bodied, aged in oak barriques for 2 years 
Grapes 92% Mourvedre, 8% Grenache
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.0%
Food Beef, lamb, game, cheese
Next day
Better still
Drink Excellent now, but will age to 2020 and beyond
The nose on this is just wonderful. Bramble and black cherry, meat, polished old leather, woodsmoke, herbs and curry spices all get a look-in - really evocative and complex, redolent of well-used church pew or a favourite old wardrobe. The palate offers ripe red and black fruits and a hint of soft citrus, with beautifully ripe, polished tannins and mouth-watering acidity. And even at 3 years old (at the time of writing) youth is no bar to the sheer loveliness and approachability of this wine. Think of a top Bandol, but a touch softer and less forbidding - and a lot cheaper! A supremely classy wine.
 

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Domaine Treloar Tahi 2006 Côtes du Roussillon
Domaine Treloar Tahi 2006 table
Vintage
2006
Domaine Treloar Tahi 2006
Region Cotes du Roussillon, Trouillas, south-west of Perpignan
Colour/Style Dry red - full bodied. Partly oak-aged
Grapes 50% Syrah 30% Mourvedre and 20% Grenache
Alcohol (a.b.v)
13.8%
Food Roast or grilled red meats, game, wild mushroom dishes
Next day
Better still
Drink Good now, but will improve for another 5 to 10 years
75% of the blend for this wine is aged in French barriques, 30% of which are new. A deeply-coloured wine, with fresh bramble and blackcurrant fruits, complemented by exotic spices, leather and brioche, with a touch of charred oak. The palate is rich and concentrated, with a huge core of ripe red and black berry fruits, along with notes of cinnamon and clove. Tightly structured, it has fine tannins, excellent acidity and some interesting earthy/mineral notes - great balance and poise, even at this early stage. Although a joy to drink now - with food - this is undoubtedly a wine for the long haul. A truly class act.

Tasting note by Jamie Goode at wineanorak.com - April 2008
"It's a big old wine, made with a fair dollop of new oak, but there's more than enough fruit to deal with it. Tight, dark, concentrated and quite tannic, this could do with a few years to become more approachable and is potentially very long-lived. Ripe dark fruits dominate, with a subtly roasted coffee oak edge and a bit of plummy bitterness on the finish. There's a lot going for this wine .... I'd be fascinated to see how this wine will taste in a decade: I reckon it will be pretty serious. 93/100"

Tasting note by The Wine Gang - March 2009
"This has a beautiful cedar and pencil-shaving finesse to very ripe, glossy black fruit on the nose. The palate is flooded with a super-ripe, chocolatey bittersweetness of berry fruits that has sumptuous depth but never loses focus thanks to creamy, supple tannins, oak spice and good acidity. 10+ years cellaring potential. One of this month's Five Wines to lay down. 93/100"

Tasting note by Tamlyn Currin of jancisrobinson.com - May 2010
"17 Drink 2010-2016 Rich, brooding cassis on the nose with an overlay of char. Chocolate and cumin seed nestle in against black fruit. Powerful weight, exacting and smoothly cut. Glistening with life and very modern."

 

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Domaine Treloar Tahi 2007 Côtes du Roussillon
Treloar Tahi 2007
Vintage
2007

Region Cotes du Roussillon, Trouillas, south-west of Perpignan
Colour/Style Dry red - full bodied. Aged in oak barriques
Grapes 50% Syrah, 30% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.0%
Food Roast or grilled red meats, game, wild mushroom dishes
Next day
Better still
Drink Surprisingly approachable now, but will age for 10+ years
A dense but bright purple core leading to a tiny cherry red rim. The nose exudes class, with considerably complex aromas including (but by no means limited to) black cherries, bramble, citrus fruits, garrigue herbs, incense and licorice, and a cloak of gently toasty, beautifully integrated oak. As the colour would suggest, the palate is dense, concentrated and tightly-knit, but not so much as to hide a certain degree of subtlety, with a huge core of juicy black fruits and exotic spiciness, complemented by firm but very fine tannins and tangy acidity. Although I wouldn't dare to suggest it is ready to drink yet, those curious enough to try a bottle at this early stage - preferably with food, of course - would certainly not be disappointed, because all of the components necessary for a very fine wine are there. Indeed, although the 2006 was a hard act to follow, I think this 2007 just about shades it, because of its sheer complexity and potential for elegance. And whilst the 2006 is probably another 5 to 10 years away from its peak, this one may get there a little quicker - but I suspect it will also stay there for longer. A benchmark Roussillon wine - and for me the finest Treloar red yet.
 

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Domaine Treloar Tahi 2008 Côtes du Roussillon
Domaine Treloar Tahi 2008
Vintage
2008

Region Côtes du Roussillon, Trouillas, south-west of Perpignan
Colour/Style Dry red - full bodied. Aged in oak barriques
Grapes 50% Syrah, 30% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.0%
Food Roast or grilled red meats, game, wild mushroom dishes
Next day
Better still
Drink Surprisingly approachable now, but will age for 10+ years
Medium/dense bright purple colour with a narrow cherry-red rim. The nose exhibits complex aromas of black cherries and bramble, with beautifully integrated notes of curry spices, cloves, cedar/cigar box and citrus. The palate is concentrated, yet fresh and giving, with juicy red and black fruit, spice and garrigue herb flavours. The tannins are grippy but very fine and already nicely integrated, whilst the tangy acidity keeps it all nicely fresh. This is the third vintage of Tahi, and whilst the 2006 demands more time and the 2007 is a little softer and more forward, this one really seems to have hit its stride already. Then again, it almost seems a shame to drink it so young. The back label says "to enjoy from 2010 to 2020" and I wouldn't disagree, because it is a wine which is approachable enough to enjoy in its youth, whilst also having the structure to age and evolve for another 10 years. But you pays your money and you takes your choice - and either way, it is an absolute cracker. Yet another benchmark Roussillon wine, which leaves me running short of superlatives!
 

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Domaine Treloar Muscat de Rivesaltes 2011 (50cl)
Domaine Treloar Muscat de Rivesaltes 2011
Vintage
2011

Region Trouillas, south-west of Perpignan
Colour/Style White, vin doux naturel
Grapes 100% Muscat à Petit Grains
Alcohol (a.b.v)
16.0%
Food Aperitif, fruit, desserts, paté, soft cheeses
Next day
Improves and retains its freshness for weeks
Drink Anytime over the next 5 years
New vintage - tasting note to follow.
 

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Domaine Treloar Dozen - Save over £12.50
Treloar
A specially priced sample case, covering our current range of wines from Domaine Treloar in Roussillon. The wines in this selection normally retail separately at £162.02. This 12 bottle case is offered at the special price of £149.50 (a saving of over £12.50) and comprises the following wines;

Dry white:
1 x One Block Muscat 2011 IGP Côtes Catalanes
1 x La Terre Promise 2011 IGP Côtes Catalanes

Dry red:
1 x Le Ciel Vide 2011 Côtes du Roussillon
1 x One Block Grenache 2011
IGP Côtes Catalanes
1 x Three Peaks 2009 Côtes du Roussillon
1 x Le Secret 2008 Côtes du Roussillon
1 x Le Maudit  2011
Côtes du Roussillon
1 x Motus 2010 Côtes du Roussillon
1 x Tahi 2006 Côtes du Roussillon
1 x Tahi 2007 Côtes du Roussillon

Fortified white (one dry and one sweet):
1 x MO2 Muscat Vin de France N/V (50cl)
1 x Muscat de Rivesaltes 2011 (50cl)
 

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