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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 2003 Vin de Pays des Bouches du Rhône
Domaine de Trevallon 2003
Vintage
2003

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)
13.0%
Food Fillet steak, rack of lamb, game, cheese
Next day
Still good to drink
Drink Can be drunk now, but will age for another 10 years
Despite the very hot vintage - and what turned out to be by far the earliest harvest in the history of the estate - this has many of the attributes of classic Trévallon. The nose offers remarkably fresh aromas of blackcurrant, raspberry and damp undergrowth, along with a distinct note of violets and a very slight herbiness and savouriness at the end. The palate is equally fruit-laden, displaying plenty of ripeness, without being too rich or soupy. And whilst the tannins are a little more dusty and grippy than in a "normal" vintage, they are fairly ripe, leaving an impression of dark, bitter chocolate, rather than any feeling of greenness. There is also a core of delightfully fresh, almost lemony acidity - I don't know if there was any re-acidification in this vintage (and if there was, who could blame them) but if so, it has been very skilfully done. The finish is grippy and quite dry, but there is more than enough fruit and acidity to keep the tannins at bay. Whilst this may not go down as a classic Trévallon vintage, it is nevertheless an extremely interesting and enjoyable wine, which every Trévallon aficionado should have in their cellar. It is beginning to drink well now and should soften-out and evolve nicely for another 5 to 10 years.
 

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Domaine de Trévallon 2005 Vin de Pays des Bouches du Rhône
Domaine de Trevallon 2005 table
Vintage
2005

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)
13.0%
Food Fillet steak, rack of lamb, game, cheese
Next day
Still going strong
Drink Approachable now, but will age beautifully for 12+ years
All blackcurrants and raspberries at present, with a lovely fruit pastille sweetness to the fruit, remarkably fine tannins and lovely acidity – a wine with superb balance. Opens out beautifully in the glass, with a touch of pepper and herby garrigue to compliment the intense fruit flavours. Although it needs time to knit together a bit more and gain complexity, this will be a delicious medium-to-long term drinker (say over the next 10 to 12 years or so). A lovely wine.
In stock, but less than 1 case remaining.
 

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Domaine de Trévallon 2006 Vin de Pays des Bouches du Rhône
Domaine de Trevallon 2006 table
Vintage
2006

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)
13.0%
Food Fillet steak, rack of lamb, game, cheese
Next day
Lovely
Drink Approachable now, but will age beautifully for 12+ years
Slightly transluscent blood red core, with a narrow ruby rim. The nose is classic Trévallon - a touch of pastilley sweetness peeping through on the nose, along with blackcurrant, herbs, polished mahogany and a whiff of iodine.The palate has masses of red and black fruit flavours - almost with a suggestion of sweetness - along with flavours of garrigue herbs, spices and a touch of savoriness. Delve a little deeper and there is a lovely, refreshing cranberry quality giving extra lift and interest. Juicy, almost citrussy acidity and a backbone of firm, but very fine tannins completes the package. Everything is there, in complete harmony - a truly elegant wine. OK, so it is still young, but it is actually a joy to drink now. But give it the benefit of another 5 to 10 years and it will be yet another in a long line of really great Trévallons.
 

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Domaine de Trévallon 2008 Vin de Pays des Bouches du Rhône
Domaine de Trevallon 2008
Vintage
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)
13.0%
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.
 

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Domaine de Trévallon 2009 IGP Alpilles
Domaine de Trevallon 2009
Vintage
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)
13.0%
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.
 

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Chateau d'Estoublon
Chateau d'Estoublon
As a merchant specialising in the wines of southern France, I tend to get numerous emails every week from some or other grower or their agent, looking to gain a foothold in the UK wine market. Time (or a distinct lack of it) dictates that I reply to only a small percentage of these emails – usually dependent on whether I am one of hundreds of recipients of a bulk email, or the target of an altogether more selective campaign. And although the majority of the growers on our current list are there because I found them, a few are there because they found me.

One such grower is Chateau d’Estoublon, a long-established estate, situated on the southern slopes of the Alpilles, which was purchased in 1999 by the Schneider family (of Breitling watches fame). The family immediately set about restoring the imposing 18th Century Chateau and the surrounding vineyards and olive groves, whilst their young winemaker Remy Reboul (under the tutelage of the legendary Eloi Durrbach of Domaine de Trévallon) set about making the wines. Some  replanting was also carried out – mature Grenache and Syrah vines were already there, together with Grenache Blanc for the white wine. But unfashionable workhorse varieties such as Counoise, Cinsault and Ugni Blanc were replaced with more noble varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Mourvedre, Marsanne and Roussanne, which came into production with the 2002 vintage.

The main Chateau red wine is based on Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre, plus 20% Cabernet Sauvignon (the maximum permitted for the Les Baux de Provence appellation). The 3 separate bottlings of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre (i.e. monovarietals) do not qualify for the appellation, or even any IGP/Vin de Pays denomination, so they only qualify as Vins de Table - but what Vins de Table! Just one white is made, being a blend of Marsanne, Roussanne and Grenache Blanc. Because Marsanne and Roussanne are not permitted varieties for the AOC, this wine bears the label "Vin de Pays des Alpilles". But make no mistake, this is brilliant stuff, which stands comparison with the (far more expensive) Trévallon white wine – and indeed, many a top white Chateauneuf or even Hermitage. And last but not least, the Rosé is pretty darned good - again, comparing very favourably with its more expensive cousins from a bit further south. All of the wines are certified organic (Ecocert).

Chateau d'Estoublon 2008 Les Baux de Provence
Chateau d'Estoublon 2008
Vintage
2008

Region Provence - Fontvieille, on the southern edge of the Alpilles
Colour/Style Dry red, full bodied. Aged 18 months in large oak barrels.
Grapes Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Mourvedre
Alcohol (a.b.v)
13.9%
Food Venison and other game, beef, mushroom risotto
Next day
Still excellent - maybe even better
Drink Lovely now, but will age for 10-plus years
A deep blood red/purple colour, with a narrow ruby rim. This wine is packed with aromas of bramble, blackcurrant and roast beef, with notes of oregano, mint, garam masala and forest floor. The fruit and savoury intensity is countered by a refreshing whiff of orange peel and there's an intriguing whiff of mineral and iodine. The palate is dense and quite rich, with lashings of bramble and plum flavours, ripe, grippy tannins and a lovely streak of tangy, red cherry acidity, again with a hint of orange. It isn't as meaty as the nose would suggest, though it still displays a savouriness, courtesy of plenty of herb and spice notes. It is all beautifully integrated, velvety and gently warming, with a lovely balance between fruit, tannin and acidity, making for a juicy, tangy, long finish. Another lovely wine.
 

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Estoublon Mono-Cépage Syrah 2009 Vin de Table
Estoublon Syrah 2009
Vintage
2009

Region Provence - Fontvieille, on the southern edge of the Alpilles
Colour/Style Dry red, full bodied. Aged 18 months in large barrels.
Grapes 100% Syrah
Alcohol (a.b.v)
15.5%
Food Char-grilled red meats, lamb, roasted peppers and veg
Next day
Better
Drink Approachable now, but will soften over the next 5+ years
The colour on this is quite a lot darker than the Grenache (above), as are the aromas, which tend towards black fruits, rather than red - notably, bramble and black cherry, perhaps cassis. Subtle notes of violets, meat, freshly-baked bread and spices emerge with time, along with just a hint of oak vanillin. Some grippy, youthful tannin and that extra half a percent of alcohol also make a difference, combining with those rich, dark fruits in a powerful, robust wine that is certainly not for wimps! But although rich and extremely ripe, it has enough acidity to keep it focused and tightly-knit, with a nice sweet and sour finish. Although it feels like a keeper, it certainly opens-out and softens after a night in the decanter.
 

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Estoublon Mono-Cépage Mourvedre 2009 Vin de Table
Estoublon Mourvedre 2009
Vintage
2009

Region Provence - Fontvieille, on the southern edge of the Alpilles
Colour/Style Dry red, full bodied. Aged 18 months in large barrels.
Grapes 100% Mourvedre
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.5%
Food Beef, game, wild mushroom risotto
Next day
Still good - possibly even better
Drink Now, or over the next 10-plus years
This one is a stunner! At the same time earthy, meaty, floral, herby, leathery, with some very classy oak, it is also gloriously fruity, with lashings of bramble and raspberry aromas and flavours. The palate is quite richj, but utterly mouth-watering, with approachable tannins and wonderful acidity. Even as a monovarietal, and just one of the 4 varieties that go into the Chateau wine, this really is quite special in its own right. Yes, it is rich and hedonistic, but is so beautifully balanced and - dare I say - elegant. And the 14.5% abv seems just about perfect, for a wine of such structure. It will age, but is also lovely to drink now. A cracking wine, which stands comparison to many a fine Bandol.
 

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Chateau d'Estoublon Cuvée Mogador 2008 Les Baux de Provence
Chateau d'Estoublon Mogador 2008
Vintage
2008

Region Provence - Fontvieille, on the southern edge of the Alpilles
Colour/Style Dry red, full bodied. Aged 18 months in new oak barriques
Grapes 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Syrah, 20% Mourvedre
Alcohol (a.b.v)
13.9%
Food Venison and other game, beef, mushroom risotto
Next day
Fabulous!
Drink Can be drunk now, but will age for another 10+ years
The colour is a fairly opaque deep blood red, with a narrow ruby rim. The nose exudes class - indeed, it is quite beguiling, with heady black fruit aromas, a touch of meat, polished wood, garrigue herbs and incense. As you might expect with such a young wine, it is quite big on the palate, but it certainly isn't foursquare. The tannins are present, though undoubtedly very fine - in a slightly dusty, chocolatey fashion - whilst the core of rich, ripe, almost sweet bramble and blackcurrant fruit really is impressive, though there is a bitter cherry quality to it that keeps it fresh, in a sweet and sour sort of way. There is a certain amount of oak influence, not charred or toasty, but rather more in the way of old polished mahogany - integrated, subtle and beautifully aromatic. Again, it is ever-so-slightly savoury, herby, even meaty, whilst the mouth-watering acidity provides a perfect foil for the sweet fruit and the tannins - so much so that it is almost drinkable now. Then again, this is a wine built for the long haul and I would say it has at least a decade of evolution ahead of it. A completely magnificent wine.
 

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Minna Vineyard Rouge 2006 Vin de Pays des Bouches du Rhône
Vintage
2006

Region Southern Provence - between Salon and Aix
Colour/Style Dry red - aged 2 years in oak barrels
Grapes 46% Syrah, 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Mourvedre
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.5%
Food Red meats, game, rich casseroles
Next day
As good, or even better
Drink Approachable now, but will age for 10+ years
A youthful medium-deep red/purple colour, with a narrow rim. The nose is crammed full of bramble, cassis, black cherry and dried fig aromas. At the other end of the spectrum, we have violets, mixed herbs, spices and polished wood. There's a gentle yeastiness too, with subtle hints of iodine and warm eau de vie. It is certainly complex stuff! It is equally impressive on entry, with intense red and black fruit flavours, rich but not sweet, with cracking acidity. The tannins are vigourous and quite grippy, but succulent rather than drying, and combined with all of that fruit and heightened acidity, it grips the bottom of your mouth and the back palate, rather than the sides. Indeed, it is really rather refreshing and mouth-watering, for a relatively young wine, which carresses rather than assaults the senses. And oh, that nose! Drink now, or let it age and evolve for at least another 10 years.
 

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Chateau Pradeaux
Château Pradeaux
We first visited Chateau Pradeaux in 2007 and were mightily impressed, both with the wines and with the estate itself. Since that visit, Pradeaux had featured very high on the list of growers I wanted to have in our portfolio. And finally, here they are. Chateau Pradeaux is one of the oldest and most traditional wine estates in Bandol (which is itself one of the oldest appellations in France) and has been in the ownership of the Portalis family for many generations. The wines here are for the purist, rather than the modernist – and made from virtually all Mourvedre (for the reds, especially). The grapes are not de-stemmed and the wine is aged in large, very old oak foudres, rather than newer barrels. So if you are looking for modern, oaky fruit bombs, you are looking in the wrong place. For these are sturdy wines, offering a combination of power and elegance and a strong tannic backbone – wines to age and to be enjoyed with food. The rosé is quite simply world class – and is also capable of ageing for up to 10 years.

Chateau Pradeaux 2006 Bandol
Chateau Pradeaux 2006
Vintage
2006

Region Saint-Cyr-sur-Mer, between Marseilles and Toulon
Colour/Style Dry red, full bodied. Aged 4 years in old oak foudres
Grapes 95% Mourvedre, 5% Grenache
Alcohol (a.b.v)
13.5%
Food Game, beef, lamb, mushroom risotto
Next day
Best consumed on the night
Drink Can be drunk now, but will evolve for another 8 to 10 years
The nose is considerably complex and intensely aromatic, with notes of tobacco, incense, cinnamon, clove, orange peel and damp earth, allied to bramble and cherry fruits and just a hint of eau de vie. As one of the oldest and most traditional estates in Bandol, its wines have always been fiercely traditional too - and one of the criticisms in the past has been that the tannins can sometimes outlast the fruit. But with recent vintages, I detect a slight shift in that approach, for whilst still possessing a firm backbone of tannin, the wines are seemingly more approachable in their youth. And the 2006 is a classic example, with a core of ripe bramble and sour cherry fruit that is more than a match for those tannins. There is plenty of grip, of course, but plenty of fruit to go with it, not to mention a delicious layer of juicy acidity and a whole host of savoury, gently spicy elements, in a wine that shows a remarkable degree of elegance and complexity, even at this relatively young stage. I'd say you can drink it now, or hold for another 8 to 10 years. A fabulous wine, from a famous old estate which is back to top form.
 

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