The Grand Blanc is back. This lovely, elegant wine is one of the most expressive white wines from the south of France you are likely to find!
Domaine Milan occupies prime real estate in the holiday town of St Remy de Provence. The immaculate vineyards are framed by both suburban estates and the famous nearby mountains that provide climatic protection for the vineyards.
Here, the gregarious Henri Milan crafts elegant wines using no chemicals, no additives, no commercial yeasts and, in some cases, no added sulphur.
These wines have been very successful in Australia and we have recently ordered another shipment. The sulphur-free wines have been very popular and we have ordered as many as we can. The next shipment will be arriving in May.
Henri Milan Vin de France MGO2 Rouge
This assemblage of Henri's favourite red grape varieties is a light, silky beauty. The grapes are Grenache, Shiraz, Mourvedre, Cinsault and Cabernet Sauvignon but with more Grenache than usual.
The letters MGO stand for Milan Grand Ordinaire which is a humorous allusion to the Bourgogne Grand Ordinaire appellation that has recently been discontinued. This wine came about as a result of the chalk being rubbed off a number of barrels in his cellar so he couldn't tell whether the barrels were from the 2009 or the 2011 vintage of his Le Vallon wines. He also had a couple of extra barrels of Grenache that he needed to bottle. The result is this fresh, fruity, gulpable red wine.
There are also some magnums of this wine available at an amazingly low price!
Domaine Milan Vin de France Milan Nouveau 2014
Although it doesn't appear in the name it does on the label - this is another wine from the Milan team which has no added sulphur. This wine is mainly comprised of Grenache and Syrah but it also has a little Mourvedre added.
This is a delicious wine.
RRP:$30 for 750 mls and $53 for MAGNUM
Domaine Milan Sans Soufre Ajouté Rosé 2014
Each year recently, Henri has crafted a very interesting rosé wine by direct pressing of Mouvedre, Syrah and Grenache. The rosé is also a wine with no added sulphur.
It has a vibrant colour for a Provencal rose and a long lingering flavour in the mouth. It is perfect for drinking with a meal or as an aperitif.
This is an exceptional rosé of great character for which there was only a tiny allocation for Australia this year.
Domaine Milan Sans Soufre Ajouté Rouge 2013
The name of this wine gives you a clue about how it was made. In French the words 'Sans Soufre Ajouté' means no added sulphur. This wine has not had sulphur added to the bottle. The only sulphur in it is naturally occurring sulphur which is in miniscule quantities. The wine has travelled well to Australia and displays a liveliness and freshness that is typical of naturally-made wines that have not had sulphur added. This is made using the same technique as the Domaine Milan above, with the grape varieties Grenache, Shiraz, Mourvedre, Cinsault and Cabernet Sauvignon and it only spends 8 months in old barriques. No filtration or fining has been applied to this wine and only indigenous yeasts have been used to ferment the grapes. It is only 12.5% alcohol. This is a great wine for people who have developed a reaction to sulphur or for those addicted to the freshness of natural wines.
Domaine Milan Sans Soufre Ajouté Blanc 2014
The name of this wine gives you a clue about how it was made. In French the words 'Sans Soufre Ajouté' means no added sulphur. This wine has not had sulphur added to the bottle. The only sulphur in it is naturally occurring sulphur which is in miniscule quantities. The wine has travelled well to Australia and displays a liveliness and freshness that is typical of naturally-made wines that have not had sulphur added.
The 2012 vintage is a particularly fine example of this blended wine. This vintage sees Grenache Blanc, Rolle (the local name for Vermentino), Roussane, Chardonnay and Muscat a Petit Grains used in the blend. The wine was kept on lees in old barriques for 5 months. This is a beautiful wine that is fresh and lively now but will continue to change character and improve well into the future.
No filtration or fining has been applied to this wine. This is a great wine for people who have developed a reaction to sulphur.
RRP: $46 for 750 mls and $88 for MAGNUM
Domaine milan Vin de france Le S&X Rouge 2012
Unusually for Domaine Milan, this red wine is made from 100% Grenache from an idea of Sebastien Xavier who has overseen the winery here for a number of years. The vines from which the Grenache was manually picked were at least 25 years old.
After fermentation with natural yeasts, the wine was matured in old wooden barriques for a period of 12 months.
This is a beautiful expression of Grenache which will age very gracefully for up to fifteen years.
Domaine Milan Vin de France Le Grand Blanc 2011
Domaine Milan's Le Grand Blanc is a staff favourite. It is an intense, elegant, refined, gorgeous white wine.
British wine writer Jancis Robinson in an article entitled 'A progress report on biodynamic wines in France' summed it up in these words:
While it’s just a humble Vin de Table, this outclasses many a White Hermitage. It immediately commands attention with its pale gold sheen. An amazingly complex nose is on offer, spice notes come through first before the floral character – broom flowers and even a hint of lavender as it opened up. The complexity continues on the palate, rich and expressive, retaining a fresh character and nerve that underlines a lovely creaminess. Very long indeed, with a slightly bitter finish. This is a very “intellectual” wine; it makes you think and yet is wonderfully enjoyable too. A very long life ahead. Superb.
The 2010 vintage is a lovely departure from the 2009 vintage which was full and ripe. This vintage sees Grenache Blanc, Rolle (the local name for Vermentino), Roussane, Chardonnay and Muscat Petit Grains used in the blend. The wine was raised in old barrels on the lees for twelve months. This is a beautiful wine that is fresh and lively now but will continue to change character and improve well into the future.
RRP: $50 for 750 mls and $98 for MAGNUM
Domaine Milan Vin de Table de France Le Vallon Rouge 2008
Henri Milan has decided not to seek appellation status for his standard red wine anymore to give him more freedom to explore different blends and different wine making techniques. Therefore it is now bottled under the Vin de Table designation and with the new cuvee name of Le Vallon. The grapes are all hand harvested. The wine is fermented with wild yeasts then is matured for a year in old barrels after a short whole-bunch maceration.
The grape varieties are Grenache, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault and Mourvedre - the same grapes as in the 2006 Domaine Milan Rouge. The alcohol is 13.5% but in perfect balance.
We think that the results speak for themselves. And remember that this wine was matured for a long time before it was released.
Domaine Milan Vin de Table Le Carrée Roussanne
The Le Carrée is a refined, elegant, complex wine that shows the wonderful characteristics of the Roussanne grape in its best light.
It is labelled as a Vin de Table because white wines made from 100% Roussanne are not permitted in the Les Baux de Provence appellation.
This wine is fermented with indigenous yeasts, matured in tanks for a year and then transferred to barriques for a further 9 months.
No filtration or fining is used to preserve the flavour of this special wine. This wine will keep for a long time and continue to improve in the bottle. We only have a small supply of this sought-after wine as only 1000 bottles are produced.
RRP: $89 for 2007, $113 for 2011 and $88 for 2012
Domaine Milan Vin de France Le Jardin
Milan planted Merlot in his idyllic vineyards that crouch below the
beautiful Alpilles mountains close to the picture postcard village of Saint
Remy de Provence. His aim is to produce a local version of the famous
Pétrus from Bordeaux!
This wine, called Le Jardin, is made from 100% Merlot grapes and is matured in 90% old oak barrels and 10% new oak. Henri believes passionately that his vineyards can eventually produce a wine to rival that of its western rival.
Production is small with only 2500 bottles made each year.
RRP: $93 for 2010 and $110
for 2011 and $88 for 2012
RRP: $93 for 2010 and $110 for 2011 and $88 for 2012
Domaine Milan Clos Milan Rouge 2006
The Clos Milan is Henri Milan's premium red wine made from 75% Grenache, 5% Mourvedre and 20% Shiraz (Syrah). The grapes come from vines that are at least 42 years old that grow in Quaternary sands and gravels. The combination of the interesting minerality of the soils and the organic treatement of the vines means that they are able to absorb more minerals from the soils and transmit them to the grapes.
The grapes are destemmed and fermented in cement tanks for about three weeks then aged in old 225 litre barriques. The result is an elegant, perfumed, smooth, luscious wine that can be drunk now or will age further.
Only tiny quantities of this wine are made.