Domaine de Trévallon - Coteaux des Baux Wine
After the unusual experience of having ripening grapes affected by mildew in 2018, the Dürrbach family's Domaine de Trévallon logged record high temperatures during the 2019 ripening season. Wine-maker Ostiane Icard (née Dürrbach) was fearful that the heat would have an adverse reaction on the fruit, but was delighted with the end results, praising the finished wine for its 'balance, freshness and salinity'. This marks an excellent vintage run since wild boar ate thirty percent of the crop in 2016, which necessitated the installation of 4 kilometres of high-tension 'anti boar' fencing.
Made from a blend of equal volumes of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah grown on chalky soil on the north-western edge of the Alpilles, Domaine de Trévallon is the creation of Ostiane's father Eloi Dürrbach. He daringly planted some vines at the family's Provençal holiday home in 1973 and produced his first wine in 1977. Today, the estate has 17 hectares of vineyard and enjoys an enthusiastic international following. The wine can be enjoyed on its youthful fruit (if decanted) but really comes into its own with 5-10 years bottle age and can mature gracefully for decades. It is such an original wine it can be hard to describe, but it is always redolent of wild garrigue herbs and berries with intense red fruit aromas and a beautifully balanced palate of forest fruit, game, leather and minerals offset by fresh acidity and fine-grained tannins. It makes a magnificent partner to Provençal cuisine and features on many of the world's finest wine lists.