Domaine Milan Le Vallon 2014
A new wine to us, Le Vallon from Henri Milan is a bottle of pure Provencial wine. Domaine Milan was created in 1956 by Robert Milan, Henri’s father. It was here that Henri planted his first vine at the age of eight. Back then, the land was devoted to conventional farming methods. This was one of the big changes that were heralded when Henri took over in 1986. The land had been spoiled by excessive synthetic chemical treatments during the 1970s and early 1980s, so it was at this point the younger Milan moved towards organic production. The appellation of Vin De France does not allow producers to display the vintage of a wine on its label, which is why you will note Roman numerals on the bottle of Domaine Milan VDF instead. It could be said that this rebelliousness is typical of Henri Milan. He broke away from Baux De Provence AOC so that he could have more freedom to produce the wines he wanted to make.
By 1996, Milan had several conversations that would change the way the domain produced wine. One was with renowned soil expert Claude Bourguignon, who suggested that Milan should use the different vineyard sites to produce different wines. The other was Claude Courtois, of Les Cailloux Du Paradis, who advised Milan on the process of natural winemaking.
The sulphur-free wines have been very popular and we have ordered as many as we can. Le Vallon is a wine with a strong personality. Subtle notes of black fruits, spices, black olives, scrubland with great tension, freshness and fine tannins. A lot of charisma and elegance for this wine. 2014 may just be the best vintage of the series for this seductive, a juicy and unctuous wine
There’s a lot of Happiness in this bottle!