Domaine de Trévallon Rouge & Blanc
Arguably the finest wines of Provence
Cult producer from Les Baux de Provence. Eloi Dürrbach planted vines in the three valleys (Tre Vallon) in 1973. 17 ha of North-facing vineyards are farmed organically since the beginning.
The unique style of red wines is defined by the blend that mirrors the domaine holdings planted equally between Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. Since that only 20% is allowed in AOC, Trévallon is labeled as a table wine.
2ha of vines are allocated for white wines whose blend is dominated by classic Rhone grapes: Roussanne, Marsanne and Clairette with 10% of Chardonnay.
The winemaking is utmost natural. Always whole clusters and wild yeast. 24 months aging in foudres for reds. The elevage of whites takes 1 year in 50% new oak barrels. Reds undergo no filtration before bottling.
Trévallon wines benefit from long bottle aging and shine at their best after 15+ years from the harvest.
Wine labels have a strong aesthetic appeal. Those are the posters by Eloi’s father Rene, a painter and sculptor, a friend of Picasso and Albert Gleizes, a pioneer of cubism.
Yellow golden oxidative wines of Southern style with a fuller body, oily texture. Cantaloupe, honeyed pear, marzipan, sugared quince and gooseberry, touch of oak.
2006 and 2008 are equally good, but 2004 stands out with lively acidity and pure harmony.
Le marriage of Bordeaux with Hermitage.
Graceful wines with accentuated purity of fruits. Aromas swing back and forth from cassis, tobacco leaf, lead pencil shavings to spices, leather, red berries.
2005 shows vibrant and juicy. 2003 grippes with youthful tannins. 2001 is complete effortless wine, ethereal with many layers for a long meditation.