2016 l'Imaginaire Domaine des Trinités
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2016 was a steamer of a vintage in this part of the Roussillon. Even with his old, resilient vineyards and the cooling effects this domaine gets from being so high, as well as in direct path of the cooling local winds - Simon knew he would never achieve his usual, bright style of Roussanne. So he decided to go the other way with his 2016. This year the wine is in fact an 'Orange' wine - not that you'd really know to look at it. However, with two and half weeks on the skins and then pressed with an 'old-fashioned' basket press which is far from 'Oxygen free', the 2016 Roussanne is decidedly different. Textured, savoury with a whiff of Fino this is totally charming, a great example of how natural wine can be clean and pure and bright. This is undoubtedly a food wine, something to savour but would be a fine an aperitif with some good nibbles too. L&S (Oct 2017)
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Extended lees contact and regular battonage give this wine an interesting, textured palate – perfect for food. Herbaceous character in the mouth with fresh acidity, a touch of smoke and slate, plus a honeyed peachy character that lingers on the finish. More peaches, plums and a delicate whiff of smoke again on the nose. Julie Sheppard, Imbibe Magazine (Oct 2017)
Very fresh and floral on the nose, like a summer garden after rain (said one of the Gang coming over all poetic suddenly). Richer and fuller on the palate with stone fruit, especially apricot, veering towards an oxidative note, but reined in perfectly by acidity and backed up a lees-rich texture. A wine full of interest from an English-owned and run estate, mainly in Faugères, working on biodynamic principles. Rating: 89 www.thewinegang.com (Oct 2017)
Domaine des Trinités
The transition from IT to viticulture is not a path well-trodden, but after working and loving a number of harvests in his youth, Simon Coulshaw decided that it was the path he was going to walk. He worked as hard as he could in the upper tiers of corporate IT with the simple goal of amassing just enough cash so that he could live his dream, his calling, of being a winemaker and having his own vineyards. The wines from Domaine des Trinités are a true reflection of the passions of their maker and his interest in terroir and local varieties.
You will rarely meet someone so clearly passionate about farming and nature - he communicates so well the details of bio-dynamics and organic farming and can talk for hours without ever sounding like a zealot or a preacher. Fabulous man, making fabulous, expressive wines.
The property is roughly divided by 15 hectares falling into the AOC Faugeres appellation, producing elegant and spicy wines, and the remaining 9 hectares in AOC Pézenas Coteaux de Langeudoc, where the wines are softer and more fruit forward - but still tell the story of where they are from - it is this crucial aspect that is so strong with these wines - their sense of place.
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