Chateau Trillol Valle des Houtes Corbieres 2011
44% Grenache, 29% Carignan, 27% Syrah
The character of the Syrah comes through and gives this wine real depth. At 14.5% ABV, it is big, but not a fruit bomb. Rather, it is a balanced wine with earth, oak and fruit blending into attractive savoriness. It is an expression of French Syrah (as opposed to Australian Shiraz) that is much more fruit driven.
A full wine, dark with power, overlaid with oak flavors, minerality and smoke and a solid blackberry fruit base. The oak and earth flavors dominate. Fresh acids increase in their strength all the way to the finish, which is bright and lasting. The wine’s persona is strength, presented with soft power.
Trillol is really a strong mouthful and a wine on the savory side, as expected with French Syrah. Perfect balance, without losing the acid and the flavors, is expertly maintained. Even though it has a touch of warmth, the alcohol is not out of balance.
Compare this with a Californian Syrah, but don’t expect a comparison of apples with apples. The comparison is rather a comparison of apples and oranges. Trillol is a blend, but 27% Syrah is enough to make a comparison with a 100% Syrah from the New World. Syrah is a powerful grape and a little goes a long way. I hope you are getting an increased understanding of the difference between Old World and New World wines