Le Vallon Milan 2021

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Le Vallon Milan, Natural Wine, Organic Vineyards, Grenache, Cinsault, Nielliuccio, Milan the Magician! Le Vallon is pure Provence.  Aromas of Herbs de Provence and ,garrigue, mingle with soft ripe fruit and a mineral edge. Henri Milan makes delicious wines that need a little time in bottle to start to fully express themselves.

Le Vallon Milan is generally a blend of Grenache, Cinsault and Nielliuccio (from Corsica).  Yields are low at 45 hl/h.  They harvest the grapes and put them in vats without being de-stemmed for a short maceration. The fermentation takes place without any added yeasts, only the ones which are present on the grape skins. Also, the different grape varieties are blended together at the beginning and not at the end with fermented and aged juices like others winemakers would do.  In youth Vallon drinks very well showing is freshness and vitality.  With age, it develops and shows great balance, minerality and structure with a complex flavour profile. It is a delicious wine for grilled meat and hearty earthy cheeses. In fact, it goes with pretty much everything.  Milan is the Burgundy of Provence, hence the bottle shape, no more clearly expressed than in this wine.

Is Vegan? Yes
Bottle Size 750ml
Production Method Natural, Organic
Producer Domaine Milan
Country France
Region Provence, France
Vintage 2021
Wine Type Red Wine
Wine Style Medium bodied
Grapes Cinsault, Grenache, Nielluccio, Syrah/Shiraz
Terroir blue marls, calcareous screes, clay
Alcohol 13% abv
Maturation 12 months in old oak barrels of 225 and 350 litres
Total Sulphur 49mg/l
Annual Production 10 - 20,000 bottles
Ageing Potential another 10 years at least
Food Matching Charcuterie, Curries, Firm White Fish

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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  1. David


    First tasted this wine at The French – Midland Hotel, Manchester.
    It is a red blend which is surprisingly light, but with complexity and a lingering finish. We were so impressed, we ordered the following day!!
    Excellent quality and value for money!!!

  2. David Gross


    I was given this wine as a Christmas present only to taste it and can confirm that is wonder full and understand how it is a Michelin Star Wine!

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  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Natural Yeast Fermentation
  • Nothing Removed, Nothing Added
  • Hand Harvest
  • Unfined
  • Unfilitered
  • Low Sulphur
  • No Added Sulphur
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