Domaine Henri Milan 'Le Vallon' Rouge 2019

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Domaine Henri Milan 'Le Vallon' Rouge 2019
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Country France
Region Provence
Appellation/Sub-Region Baux de Provence AOC
Grapes Cinsault, Grenache, Syrah
Vineyard/Cellar Practices Biodynamically Grown, Low-Intervention/Natural Wine, Vegan

The story of the Milan family’s vineyards is all about soil: not just in the sense of pre-existing terroir—of natural harmony between grape variety, soil type, and climate—but also of hard work. When Henri and Véronique Milan took over from Henri’s father in 1984, they set out to restore the health of the soil through organic farming practices. Today, Henri’s son Théo and Théo’s wife, Nathalie, reap the benefits of decades of chemical-free farming, and their wines shine as a result. Théo and Nathalie have moved into biodynamics and permaculture to bolster the health and biodiversity of the site even further, while cover-cropping, along with the prevalence of blue clay soil, help retain water in a dry climate. Meanwhile, Henri’s other legacy has been to break free of the regulations of the Baux de Provence AOC; bottling their wines as “Vin de France” allows them to grow and combine the grape varieties that make sense for their taste and their particular vineyard sites. ‘Le Vallon’ is a mix of cinsault, grenache, and syrah, all hand-harvested and fermented together, then aged for 12 months in old barrels. With aromas of ripe red cherry, juicy red plum, and cracked black pepper, it’s harmonious in texture, dynamic on the palate, and mouth-watering on the finish. Biodynamically grown, low-intervention/natural wine, vegan.