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René Dürrbach, painter, sculptor and friend to Picasso, purchased Domaine de Trévallon in 1955 so that he would be able to retire in a more peaceful area. He always believed that the encompassing scrubland would be capable of producing fine wines. In 1973 Eloi Dürrbach moved from Paris after studying architecture, to create a winery on his parents' property. He had to dynamite part of the hills surrounding the domaine to create the vineyard in the heart of this extraordinary landscape, halfway between Garrigue and Limestone.
The vineyard of 20 hectares is made up of a large number of small plots, all located within a 2 km radius of the winery. The vines are cultivated naturally, in accordance with time-honoured tradition, without the use of insecticides, chemical fertilizers or herbicides.
Whereas Châteauneuf du Pape glories in heady Grenache and brooding Mourvèdre, Trevallon is an equal partnership of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. Cabernet has found a natural homestead in the relative altitude of the slopes of the Alpilles, its generous black fruit core held in counterpoint by the purity and focus of the Syrah. 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.
Lots of schisty, peppery, vital character here with a real sense of minerality. That character comes through strongly on the palate with crunchy black fruit and good concentration, though there is finesse too, with racy acidity and firm but polished tannins into a long finish. One for 10 years or more in the cellar. (93/100 points The Wine Gang - Top 20 BBR Wines - July 09) Eloi Dürrbach is especially pleased with his 2006 Trévallon, a wine which shares the charm and generosity of fruit of a lot of S. Rhônes; indeed it is worth remembering that Baux-de-Provence is only around 25 south of Avignon. The cépages are different, not a great deal of Cab. Sauvignon tending to find its way into Châteauneuf du Pape, even if Syrah increasingly does. A harmonious nose marries red fruits with black truffle, the latent power cloaked by silky elegant tannins, the palate dense and full of potential, but finely-wrought and wonderfully focused. A very fine vin de garde for a decade or more. (Simon Field MW, BBR Buyer)
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“Trévallon Rouge always has similarities in structure and finesse to the finer wines of the Médoc whilst holding resonance with the dense, dark wines of the Northern Rhône. 2011 is no different, with the Rhone aspect holding a stronger hold over the palate at the moment. Rich and exuberant red and black fruit vie for attention through the front of the palate. A distinctive white pepper lifts the mid palate before a focussed, linear finish. This wine is refreshing and appealing now, but will surely benefit from a further two years in the cellar and can be enjoyed over the following ten.” (Gary Owen - Fine Wine Department - 29-Nov-2012)
Bottle 6 x 75cl
An idiosyncratic wine, with mint, dark chocolate, eucalyptus, and ripe blackcurrant and blackcurrant leaf on the nose. The palate is superbly balanced, with reams of ripe cassis fruit, full bodied, but fresh and lively. More linear than the Daumas Gassac Rouge, with a precision and elegance one would not expect from a Southern French wine. The tannins are ripe and chalky, which is a nice foil to the ripe fruit palate.. Fine Wine Team
What is so special about the 2007 and how can one possibly tell at such an early stage? These wines are, after all, the ne plus ulta of vins de garde, their longevity fed by the sinewy yet silky Cab. Sauvignon tannins and an undertow of spice, mineral and dark, dark fruit. All these are present and correct, but it is the sheer quality of fruit that is even more manifest than usual, its beguiling and seductive sweetness now in a youthful stand-off with the darker deeper notes, but promising more by way of complexity and potential than we have the right to expect at this stage. This is the signature of a great estate in a superlative vintage. (Simon Field MW, BBR Buyer)
Bottle 12 x 75cl
Magnum 3 x 150cl