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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 2013 IGP Côtes Catalanes
Vintage
2013

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 2017
As always, a lovely grapey nose, with hints of mandarin orange, dried mixed herbs and some rather unexpected (and really quite complex) notes of damp earth, polished leather and struck flint, not to mention a distinct nuttiness. Of course it displays the classic grapey Muscat characteristics, but has a depth and complexity I have rarely (if ever) encountered in this style of wine. That said, it is beautifully soft and drinkable, almost oily/creamy, with masses of soft citrus and herb- tinged fruit, stony minerality and a refreshing gentle pithiness and a really long finish. I hesitate to use the word "serious" for dry Muscat from southern France, but this is as close as it gets - and is very definitely one of the finest examples of its kind that I have tasted. It's a cracker!.
 

Price:  £8.95 (Including: VAT at 20%)

Domaine Treloar La Terre Promise 2013 IGP Côtes Catalanes
Domaine Treloar La Terre Promise 2013
Vintage
2013

Region Trouillas, west of Perpignan
Colour/Style Dry white - fermented and aged 9 months in oak barrels
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
Beautifully understated, with a complex array of fruit and non-fruit aromas and flavours. On the nose, we have a subtle mix of apple, clove, garrigue herbs and wet stone, leading to a nicely taut palate, with spiced apple and tangy citrus flavours, nicely judged oak and a stony/mineral edge which, combined with some dried herb and nutty elements, makes for a really quite racy, yet elegant wine. If anything, the non-fruit elements win the day, but that is a plus point in my book - this is a really quite serious wine, which will appeal to lovers of good white Burgundy and old-style Rioja. Not that I'm comparing it to either style - just that it is beautifully-made and "winey". Very definitely the best vintage of La Terre Promise so far, in my opinion.
 

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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.
Was £16.25. Bin-End price £13.50. 8 (50cl) bottles left.

 

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Domaine Treloar MO2 2013 Vin de France (50cl)
Treloar MO2 2013
Vintage
A solera from the 2011 harvest, bottled in 2013

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
Improves for weeks after opening
Drink Anytime over the next 5 to 10 years
Those who are familiar with Domaine Treloar's wines will know that the first (and until now only) vintage of MO2 was made in 2009. It was originally meant to be a dry Muscat, but - due to a cooling problem in the winery - the must became oxidised, thus rendering it unsuitable for making a table wine. So winemaker Jonathan Hesford decided to continue with the fermentation and make a fortified dry wine - something pretty unusual, if not unique, in Roussillon. And it turned out very well indeed - bone dry, but full of complexity and interest. Fast forward to 2013 and Jon decided to have another go - but this time, on purpose. And the result is somewhat different...... but equally interesting, if not more so. This one isn't *quite* bone dry, as we definitely have a few (but only a few) grams of residual sugar. That said, it has masses of interest and quirkiness - not to mention genuine complexity - with aromas and flavours of dried oranges and herbs, nuts, polished wood, eau de vie and all manner of vinous (i.e. non-fruit) nuances and earthiness - and a long, long finish that manages to be warming and cool/minty at the same time. As for what to pair it with..... well, I guess there are numerous possibilities! But is sure is good to drink on its own. An enigmatic wine, which everyone should taste at least once - if not more. A fabulous bargain!
 

Price:  £13.99 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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

Region Côtes Catalanes, Trouillas, south-west of Perpignan
Colour/Style Dry red - medium-bodied, 20% aged in oak for 1 year
Grapes 50% Grenache, 30% Lledoner Pelut, 20% Syrah
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.0%
Food Spicy sausages, meat balls, roasted vegetables
Next day
As good
Drink Good now, with food, or over the next 5 to 8 years
Quite a dark translucent black cherry colour. An initial hint of reduction blows off with time in the glass. Lots of meaty and savoury aromas, with prominent spice and herb notes and hints of damp earth, leather and polished wood, like an old wardrobe. The palate is firm and robust, but the tannins are more than matched by an abundance of concentrated, spice and herb-laden bramble and dark cherry fruit, mouth-watering acidity and a really persistent, peppery/spicy finish. Previous vintages of One Block Grenache have tended to be softer and a little more approachable in their youth, but this one (although rather delicious now, especially with hearty food) will certainly benefit from a few years in the cellar, for those tannins to soften. And when they do, I have no doubt that this will emerge as a really fine wine, and the best vintage yet of One Block Grenache - and therefore a rather excellent bargain.
 

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Domaine Treloar Le Secret 2012 Côtes du Roussillon
Treloar Le Secret 2012
Vintage
2012
 
Region Cotes du Roussillon, Trouillas, south-west of Perpignan
Colour/Style Dry red - full bodied, aged in oak barriques 
Grapes 85% Syrah, 15% Grenache
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.5%
Food Beef, lamb, game, cheese
Next day
Better still
Drink Excellent now, but will age for 10+ years
Tell you what - in many ways, this is a wine to please lovers of Claret, with its deep, dark, earthy, tobacco-scented bramble and cassis fruit and classy oak ageing, with background notes of garrigue herbs, allspice and leather. And what lovely balance on the palate - rich red and black fruit flavours combine with mouth-watering acidity and velvety tannins in a wine that is already gorgeously smooth and very drinkable. That said, there are undoubtedly hidden depths, with a complexity and tight structure which suggests a great future.
 

Price:  £13.75 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Domaine Treloar Motus 2012 Côtes du Roussillon
Treloar Motus 2012
Vintage
2012

Region Côtes du Roussillon, Trouillas, south-west of Perpignan
Colour/Style Dry red - full bodied, aged 12 months in oak barriques 
Grapes 92% Mourvedre, 8% Grenache
Alcohol (a.b.v)
13.5%
Food Beef, lamb, game, cheese
Next day
Better still
Drink Really good now, but will evolve to 2020 and beyond
Aged for 12 months in American oak barriques (20% new). The nose is smoky and meaty, but at the same time full of bright, fresh bramble and black cherry fruit aromas, with hints of garrigue herbs, ground coriander, cumin, damp earth and mocha. A combination of ripe black fruits, grippy tannins and ample acidity makes for a hearty, chunky, dense wine, which coats the palate and cries out for food at the moment - a thick entrecôte steak, duck, or a rack of lamb spring to mind. That said, this is a wine of genuine quality and breeding, and will age and soften beautifully over the next 5 to 10 years into something rather sublime, to go with something more gamey or mushroomy, or even stinky and cheesy. I have yet to taste a vintage of Motus that isn't delicious (in many ways) but this is as close to top Bandol as any I have tasted so far. A beautifully crafted and tight-structured wine, which will reap rich rewards for those who are patient enough to stick it in the cellar for a few years.
 

Price:  £13.75 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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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.
 

Price:  £18.95 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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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 Tahi 2010 Côtes du Roussillon
Treloar Tahi 2010
Vintage
2010

Region Côtes du Roussillon, Trouillas, south-west of Perpignan
Colour/Style Dry red - full bodied. Aged in oak barriques
Grapes 60% Syrah, 25% Mourvedre, 15% Grenache
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.5%
Food Roast or grilled red meats, game, wild mushroom dishes
Next day
Better still
Drink Surprisingly approachable now, but will age for 10+ years
This 2010 harks back to the first vintage (2006) in that it is approachable - preferably with food - but uncompromisingly built to last. Inky dark, with a narrow, cherry red rim, the nose offers a fabulously complex, heady mix of fruit and non-fruit aromas - bramble and black cherry with a hint of kirsch, polished old leather, soft curry spices and garrigue herbs. The sort of wine you just want to sniff all night! The palate is crammed full of dark, sweet-sour fruit, again infused with all manner of savoury/spicy/herby flavours and cracking sour cherry acidity. It is undoubtedly concentrated and extracted, and the tannins will need a good few years to soften, but it is already beginning to show its pedigree.
 

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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.
 

Price:  £10.99 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Domaine Treloar Muscat de Rivesaltes 2013 (50cl)
Treloar Muscat de Rivesaltes 2013
Vintage
2013

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.
 

Price:  £9.79 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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