The latest addition to our fine wine portfolio from Provence is the red Château Trians 2011, Côteaux Varois en Provence.
This wine, along with its sibling Château Trians Rosé, are two of our best findings in more than a decade.
Château Trians is a property dating back to the 18th century, located at the foot of the Pilon Saint Clement in the Massif of Cuers, 20 miles north of Toulon. The Estate covers 49 acres mainly under the appellation Côteaux Varois en Provence. Château Trians practices organic viticulture on the totality of its vineyards and has had the organic certification under the Ecocert label since 2008.
The red Château Trians 2011, Côteaux Varois en Provence is a blend of 50% Grenache and 50% Syrah.
The vineyard is planted on a chalky and clay slope about 350 meters above sea level and benefits from the dry and hot Mediterranean climate, perfect for the ideal ripeness of the grapes.
This single vineyard yields a very low 35,000 liters per hectare. The grapes are manually harvested, destemmed and lightly crushed and then vinified at low temperatures followed by a long maceration of three weeks. Each variety is vinified separately in stainless still tanks. Once the malolactic fermentation is completed, the Grenache and Syrah are blended to finish the aging in large 40-year-old barrels for 12 months.
Château Trians red 2011 exhibits a dark red color and aromas and flavors of black cherry, blackcurrant, spice and mineral notes. This full-bodied but smooth and elegant wine will pair well with a multitude of dishes, including grilled and stewed meats, duck and roasted lamb, as well as mixed salads and aged cheeses. Priced at an incredible-for-its-quality price of $12.99, Trians red falls into my everyday useful category.
The rosé from Château Trians is the ultimate dry Provence rosé, competing for quality and winning against the best and most expensive offerings, and has gained the approval of our wine consultants for the second year in a row.
If the 2013 Trians Rosé showed us perfect balance in a wine; the current 2014 rosé, which has just arrived, showcases and shines with the power and elegance of the Grenache grape in a great vintage. The 2014 Château Trians Rosé, a blend of 60% Grenache, 30% Cinsault and 10% Syrah, exhibits aromas and flavors of strawberry, cranberry and floral notes on a lengthy, refreshing finish; the ultimate thirst-quencher. Warning: You'll want to stock up on at least one bottle of Trians Rosé per person for your outdoor grilling party, or you might be running back to the store for more!
The 2014 Rosé from Château Trians is offered at only $14.99.
Atanas Nechkov, ABC Fine Wine & Spirits wine supervisor
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