It’s now almost 30 years since Jacques Seysses and Aubert de Villaine went prospecting for vineyards in Provence and discovered Domaine de Triennes, or Domaine du Logis de Nans as it was back then. Various elements caught their eyes; the south facing gentle slopes, the clay/ limestone soils and the cool evenings that helped shape its microclimate. Various varietals are planted here, of both colours. Merlot, Cabernet-Sauvignon, Syrah, Cinsault, Viognier, Rolle (Vermentino) and Chardonnay. The two entry level wines are great value. The Auréliens rouge is made from Cabernet and Syrah and spends a year in old Dujac barrels before being bottled unfiltered. The white version is made from an even mix of Viognier, Chardonnay and Rolle partly fermented in barrel, partly in tank. Yields are very low, around 25 hectolitres per hectare. The rosé is made mainly from Cinsault with a little Grenache, Merlot and Syrah. The grapes are harvested at night to keep them as cool as possible and the wine is bottled in early spring to both meet demand and keep freshness. Pale in colour and bright and clean, it is a real delight. The Saint-Auguste is a blend of the best cuvées of Cabernet, Merlot and Syrah and is aged in old Dujac barrels and bottled unfiltered. It has the density and weight to age very nicely. The top white, The Sainte Fleur is made solely from low yielding Viognier and is aged in stainless steel to maximise freshness. Aromatic, weighty but fresh and zingy, too.
Winemaker: Remy Laugier and Jeremy Seysses
Hectares: 40 hectares