Dear Wine Lover,
today we have a wine that is under the radar of many wine lovers, something completely different and definitely its one of the best wines you can find in the south of France: Ever heard of Domaine De Trévallon, a winery in Provence discovered also by Aubert de Villaine of Domaine de la Romanée Conti?
A cult wine producer located in the rolling hills west of St Rémy de Provence, this domaine was originally created by the father of Eloi Dürrbach, Rene Dürrbach, in 1973. Eloi at that time was an architect student, but he decided to toss aside his studies to roll up his sleeves and start working together in the vineyards with his father, who at that time was not that happy about his sons decision. They planted vines in the craggy limestone rock soil surrounding his parents home. Their instincts told him that the domaines well-draining, mineral-rich soil, arid micro-climate and glorious sun would be capable of producing exceptionally powerful and expressive wines
and they where right!
After an initial (and unsuccessful) planting of local varieties, Grenache and Carignan, he planted 15 hectares of Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon, which he then followed with a smattering of Marsanne, Roussanne (from cuttings at Beaucastel) and Chardonnay for his white. All the wines are aged for 24 months and are not filtered and are made as natural as they can be made, with very little impact on nature. At the beginning they had difficulties to sell their wines, until one day a car with a burgundy licence plate stopped at the Domaine. After trying some wines and ta^lking with Eloi, they sold 10 cases to an wine importer, who later will buy at least 1`000 cases a year
.Eloi asked him at the end, who he was
his name was Aubert de Villaine of Domaine de la Romanée Conti!
Through this wine importer the wine got to Robert Parker in the 90s who stated: « Trévallon is one of the greatest discoveries of my life! »
The assemblage aroused suspicion in the authorities and in 1993 the wine was effectively down-graded from an Appellation Contrôleé Coteaux de Baux en Provence to the seemingly humble Vin de Pays des Bouches du Rhône. Eloi was unmoved; he knew that the blend was the right one and that Trevallon would quickly take its place at the High Table of great Vin de Pays of the world, where, despite impressive competition, it has held court with great eloquence ever since.
Every vintage has a different label, that reflects the characteristics of the vintage, depending on which colour you will find on the label. Those labels are all designed by Elois father, Rene Dürrbach, before he died, as a tribute of his life work on the Trevallon. As the different labels are nearly all used, these will be one of the last bottles and vintages with this special label created by his father.
You can imagine that quantities here are more than low, so should you be interested in this wonderful wine let us know as soon as possible, in order to secure you some. The wine comes in wonderful original wooden cases!
75.0 cl Trévallon - Domaine De Trévallon - 2014 CHF 55.00 (CHF 59.25 Vat Incl.,)
Some Magnums at CHF 115.00 (CHF 123.85 incl. Vat)
Blend: Syrah 50%, Cabernet Sauvignon 50%
Davide Vaccarini 18 points: Not usual Trévallon rouge, but a lighter and elegant version of it. Some aromas on the nose will remind you a Burgundian style. In fact the aromatic profile is floral dominated, with a touch of wild strawberries and hint of spiciness. One of the main task at Trévallon is to retain the freshness, and in vintage like this one, was definitely easier. Displaying savory red fruit character, especially fresh blackcurrant and peppery flavors. This medium-bodied red, has a lively acidity and integrated tannins. Blend of 50%Cabernet Sauvignon and 50% Syrah. Approachable now but better in 2019.