Vin de Pays des Bouches du Rhône: Domaine de Trévallon 2003
We are delighted to offer this rare, mature vintage of red from the trailblazing Provençal estate Domaine de Trévallon. Enjoy over the next 5 years.
Picked over the first ten days of September in the hot year of 2003, this was the Domaine de Trévallon estate's smallest harvest since 1983. Made from a blend of equal parts of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah that are grown organically and raised in barrel and vat for up to 2 years prior to bottling, the wine's powerful tannins have now had time to integrate.
It is a difficult wine to describe and it is hard to improve on this by Clive Coates from a 2000 edition of his specialist wine magazine 'The Vine': "Splendidly coloured. Impressively concentrated. Structured without being brutally solid. Balanced and complex. Those are the bare bones. And the flavours? Blackberry and blackcurrant, cedary and almost sweet in its richness, with an aspect of roasted wild Provençal herbs. It is a wine of the garrigues; it is a wine of uncompromising personality; and, like its origins, it is a wine of no half measures. There is danger here. There is excitement. There is passion."
|Style||Red Wine, Sec, Full-bodied, Non Sparkling|
|Wine Region||Provence, Coteaux des Baux|
|Grape Variety (Cépage)||Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah|
|Cellarage||Drink to 2025.|
|Vinification||Low yields (25-30 hl/ha) and no chemicals give thick-skinned grapes that need 2-3 weeks cuvaison. The parcels of grapes are allowed a warm fermentation, using only indigenous yeasts, in small oak foudres where they rest for 18 months before an unfiltered, unfined assemblage and eventual bottling, 25 months after the harvest.|
|Alcohol By Volume (%)||13|
Domaine de Trévallon (Eloi Dürrbach)
Visionary winemaker Eloi Dürrbach boldly quit his Paris architecture practice in 1973 to plant locally maverick grape varieties around the family property at Les Baux where the world renowned Domaine de Trévallon now stands in a Provençal backwater between Arles and Aix. Early experiments with locally favoured grape varieties such as Grenache and Carignan failed but the less traditional combination of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah proved an incredible success since when Eloi has never looked back. Domaine de Trévallon has been firmly embraced by the wine firmament.
The wine has always proved problematic for the authorities proving too unique to easily categorise and it has never sat comfortably in the official classification of France's governing I.N.A.O. Today Trévallon is labelled as a humble IGP Alpilles, a status that belies its international following but does not seemingly trouble its creator and custodian and it is now to be found on the world's finest wine lists. Red Trévallon has similarities in structure and finesse to some of the finer wines of the Médoc whilst there is an obvious resonance with the dense, dark wines of the Northern Rhône, the whole interspersed with an untamed Provençal character of its own. White Trévallon can be likened to a hybrid of white Hermitage and fine white Côtes de Beaune and is approachable from bottling but can age well for at least a decade.
Eloi Dürrbach was Picasso's godson of whom his father was a friend and contemporary. Monsieur Dürrbach senior designed the current series of bold cubist labels.
Eloi Dürrbach's sudden death in early November 2021 was very sad news that rocked the world of wine. His legacy is continued by daughter Ostiane and son Antoine who have worked alongside Eloi for a number of years.
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