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Clos Milan Domain Milan 2005

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One Line Description Clos Milan 2005 Henri Milan, organic wine, natural wine, sublime Provençal flavours and rich texture.
Production Method Natural, Organic
Country France French
Region Provence, France
Producer Domaine Milan
Vintage 2005
Wine Type Red Wine
Wine Style Full bodied
Grape Blend Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, Cabernet Sauvignon
Alcohol 14% abv
Terroir Schist
Total Sulphur Level Below 50mg/l
Maturation 2 years in old barrels
Annual Production 5 - 10,000 bottles
Ageing Potential 15-20 years
Production Detail Organic, wild yeast, no intervention, ageing in concrete and barrels
Natural Features Low Sulphite (Sulphur), Vegan


Clos Milan 2005 Henri Milan, organic wine, natural wine, sublime Provençal flavours and rich texture. Old vines Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre from the great Henri Milan's eponymous estate in the Alpilles. The Clos vineyard is situated right in front of the lovely farm house with the back drop of the Alpilles mountains and the lavender fields of Provence. It is a beautiful and natural place to be and the grapes find harmony in this environment and yield great quality fruit which is fermented in concrete with wild yeast and then aged in old barrels for at least a couple of years. Subtle and elegant aromas of dark fruit, herbs and black olive are woven into a structured but fresh palate. Like the whites Milan's reds have a burgundy like quality to them and the Clos at 14% alcohol drinks very easily indeed. The 2005 vintage is a fascinating drop. This was the last vintage when the Clos still had some old Cabernet Sauvignon vines and the Bordeaux grape adds a distinctly Bordeaux character to the wine. It has the red fruits, herbs de Provence and freshness of the Clos 09 but with underlying Cabernet Structure, a note of cigar box and blackcurrant and firm masculine palate. At 10 years old, it showing beautifully but i would say has a good 3-5 years in it yet.

Henri Milan has always done thing his way, and broke away from the Baux de Provence AOC so as to have the freedom to produce the wines he wanted. The Domaine was started by Henri's father Robert in 1956, but it wasn't until Henri took over in the mid-80s that he converted to organic production. Influenced by Claude Courtois and Claude Bourguignon, Henri began to vinify the different sections of his vineyard separately and moved further towards natural production. He now grows a number of grape varieties including Grenache, Syrah, Grenache Blanc, Rolle, Roussanne and Chardonnay. The only chemical treatment used during the entire process of growth and vinification is a small amount of sulphur dioxide, which is added, on some rare occasions, during bottling. Fermentation always takes place naturally, with the grapes blended at the beginning of the process, rather than at the end. His wines have a wonderful purity and expression of terroir.

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