Coteaux des Baux
Bigger, more plush. A youthfully dark but brilliant hue with Cabernet's sweet, perfumed black berries on the nose. Dense, concentrated, with fine acid backbone. A touch more obvious oak , but in balance with the fruit, so likley to resolve with time.
- Bottle £47.50
- Bottle Case £570.00
The 2009 has a great balance of berry aromas, ripe fruit, sweet tannin and clean acidity. Considering its southern location Domaine de Trévallon is a very vintage sensitive wine and it appears that the 2009 is going to be a classic. This will hit its optimum drinking window in about 5 years time and should drink well for a decade thereafter.
- Bottle £39.00
- Bottle Case £468.00
Cabernet's dominance is evident in the sweet casssis and spice fragrance, and the taut, dry tannin. Syrah lends savory richness mid-palate. Elegant, medium-bodied with balanced freshening acid. 16 Remington Norman
- Bottle £90.00
- Bottle Case £1,080.00
Dark, intense, savoury and spicy on the nose, with an earthy, slightly medicinal whiff at the edges. It's a complex and thought-provoking wine.
- Bottle £60.00
- Bottle Case £720.00
Coteaux des Baux Wines - Buy Wine from the Coteaux des Baux Region of France
When Eloi Dürrbach took dynamite to the boulders of Les Alpilles in order to create Domaine de Trévallon in the mid 1970’s and then planted Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah against the perceived wisdom of the Institut National des Appellations d’Origine
, he immediately became the enfant terrible
of the French wine scene.
Now, some 35 years later, Eloi is regarded as a pioneering visionary, and with his son Antoine and daughter Ostiane involved in the family business, he is in danger of creating a dynasty.
In common with the Southern Rhône, the Provençal vineyards of Les Baux have enjoyed a superb vintage run over the last decade – with the exception of the washed out 2002 harvest, which the Dürrbachs elected not to bottle at all. The 2007 vintage was a belter, with a lovely core of ripe fruit and fine tannins. It is approachable now but will improve with bottle-age. Eloi has likened it to his fabled 1982 which is arguably the finest vintage of Domaine de Trévallon ever made. An extensive cask tasting last November revealed that the 2009 also has great potential, with lovely berry aromas, ripe fruit, sweet tannin and clean acidity. Older vintages have continued to impress us whenever we have sampled them, but they are increasingly difficult to source on the secondary market. We broached a magnum of the amazingly intense and youthful 1990 at Christmas time; if any readers have any surplus stock in their cellars, we would be grateful for first refusal!