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Domaine de Trévallon
Domaine de Trévallon

The Domaine de Trevallon is located outside the small town of Saint-Etienne-du-Grès, 25 km south of Avignon and 7 km west of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence. It is situated on the northern slopes of the Alpilles, a massif composed of limestone rock with sharp, jagged crests reminiscent of
what the Provençal poet, Frédéric Mistral, described as a "Greek landscape". The Trévallon vines are planted in a series of vineyards dotted about the hillside, surrounded by holm oaks, olive and almond trees and scrub - to the avid wine enthusiast, a quite magical landscape. And the wines made here are simply wonderful. Indeed, to lovers of fine, terroir-driven wines, Domaine de Trévallon is undoubtedly one of the greatest estates in the whole of France.

The celebrated wine writer Clive Coates speaks of Trévallon thus;

“It is here, literally dynamited out of the solid, craggy limestone rock, that Eloi Durrbach blasted the surrounding garrigues into submission and planted a vineyard. It is here that one of the great and most individual wines of the Midi is produced………. If anything comes close, it is Mas de Daumas Gassac, or Auguste Clape’s Cornas, or the Peyraud’s Domaine Tempier in Bandol. Or a mixture of the three. All these are splendid wines in their own right. But they will only hint at what Trévallon has to offer.”

As one of the pioneers of the wine-growing renaissance that took place in the region around Les Baux, Eloi Dürrbach planted his first vines here in 1973. "My father, René Dürrbach, who was a friend of the painter, Albert Gleizes, one of the forerunners of Cubism, used to come and visit him in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, back in the 1950's" said Eloi Dürrbach. "At the time, we lived in Cavalaire, on the French Riviera, where I was born. My father wanted to find somewhere more peaceful to live and, in 1955, bought the Trevallon farmhouse, surrounded by 60 hectares of scrubland. Back then, nothing grew here, there was nothing but rock. But my father always thought it would be an excellent place to make wine." 

And that is just what Eloi Dürrbach decided to do - but not before embarking on the monumental task of preparing the ground for the planting of his vines. The rock was broken up with dynamite, the ground was worked to a deep level, mixing the splinters of rock into the soil. Finally, Eloi planted his first 3 hectares of Cabernet Sauvignon (grown from cuttings taken from nearby Chateau Vignelaure) and Syrah (cuttings taken from Chateau Rayas in Chateauneuf-du-Pape) in the winter of 1973, with the first Trevallon wine being produced in 1976.

The Domaine de Trévallon red wine is a 50/50 blend of Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. Each variety is vinified and aged separately. 90% of each goes into large old oak foudres, whilst the remaining 10% is aged in 2 year-old 225 litre oak barriques, which will have been used for ageing the previous year’s white wine. The white itself is a blend of  45% Marsanne, 45% Roussanne and 10% Chardonnay
, which is aged in 1 year-old 225 litre oak barriques. This is a very special white wine that will age gracefully for 10 years or more.

Many of these wines are available elsewhere in the U.K (though often only in full case quantities) but rarely will you find such an array of vintages on any single merchant’s list - and at prices that are hard to beat.
If you have tasted the wines of Domaine de Trévallon before, then you will know just how good they are. If you haven’t, then you really should – this estate is undoubtedly the “1st Growth” of Provence, and to my mind one of the greatest estates in the world.

Domaine de Trévallon has a superb website www.domainedetrevallon.com where you can read more about the origins and development of the estate, together with tasting notes for every vintage ever produced.

Domaine de Trévallon 2008 Vin de Pays des Bouches du Rhône
Domaine de Trevallon 2008

Region Provence - Saint-Etienne-du-Grès, near Les Baux
Colour/Style Dry red, full bodied. Aged in oak foudres for 20 months
Grapes Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah
Alcohol (a.b.v)
Food Fillet steak, rack of lamb, game, cheese
Next day
Not yet tested
Drink Can be drunk now, but will age for another 10-15 years
Medium/dark purple, with a 1cm ruby rim. The nose is oh-so attractive and alluring - clean as a whistle and packed with all manner of fruit flavours, leaning more towards the red than black. Notes of redcurrant, raspberry, even strawberry, with hints of blackberry and blackcurrant lurking in the background. But it isn't all about the fruit, as there are some enticing notes of polished old wood, tobacco, allspice and garrigue herbs - in fact, this is very complex stuff. On the palate, you get a big hit of beautifully ripe, juicy fruit, along with plenty of herb and spice. The tannins are remarkably fine, whilst a backbone of mouth-watering acidity keeps everything tight and focused. The finish is long, spicy and gently warming, with that acidity staying all the way to the end. Although very young, this vintage is remarkably easy to drink now. Then again, although it probably won't be as long-lived as some vintages of Trévallon, it will certainly age nicely for at least 8 to 10 years.

Price:  £38.75 (Including: VAT at 20%)


Domaine de Trévallon 2009 IGP Alpilles
Domaine de Trevallon 2009

Region Provence - Saint-Etienne-du-Grès, near Les Baux
Colour/Style Dry red, full bodied. Aged in oak foudres for 20 months
Grapes Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah
Alcohol (a.b.v)
Food Fillet steak, rack of lamb, game, mushrooms, cheese
Next day
Still wonderful
Drink Can be drunk now, but will age for another 10-15 years
The colour, which is deep-ish but semi-translucent, hints at an elegant wine - as does the truly evocative, perfumed nose, with its intense aromas of raspberry, redcurrant, cranberry and blackberry, hints of woodsmoke, garrigue herbs, garam masala and polished old wood. Neither the Cabernet nor the Syrah have the upper hand, with a touch of cassis and charred red capsicum melding nicely with hints of smoky pastrami and violet. As for the palate, I don't think I have ever tasted a Trévallon that shows such elegance and finesse in its first flush of youth. It is medium-bodied, rather than full-on, again more red fruits than black, and beautifully tangy, with ripe, supple tannins, soft citrus acidity and a noticeable streak of minerality. Subtle hints of lapsang tea, black olive tapenade, all-spice, meat and herbs de Provence show through, carried along upon waves of mouth-watering fruit. It is all so beautifully balanced and at 13.0% abv (quite unusual in these times of global warming) perfectly ripe - a sign of exceptional winemaking. This may not be a 20-year wine, in terms of development potential (though who is to say it won't be?) but it is so delicious now. Wines can sometimes go through a "closed" phase, but I suspect that this one will remain open for business, so if you want a clue as to the glories of an aged Trévallon, but don't want to wait, then this is the one. A compelling wine.

Price:  £37.99 (Including: VAT at 20%)


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