Domaine de Trevallon

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The Domaine de Trevallon is now so well-known that it is easy to forget that it is not that long ago since it was founded. One of the pioneers of the wine-growing renaissance that took place in the region around Les Baux, Eloi Dürrbach planted the first vines in the Alpilles in 1973. Back then, nothing grew here, there was nothing but rock. But my father always thought it would be an excellent place to make wine.

In the early 1970’s, I was studying architecture at the Beaux Arts, in Paris, and I left it all to come and grow vines here. The Herculean task of clearing the scrubland and laying out the plots for the vines began. The rock was broken up with dynamite, the ground was worked at deep level, mixing the splinters of rock into the soil. At last, in the winter of 1973, Eloi Dürrbach was able to plant his first 3 hectares of vines. He produced his first Trevallon wine from the 1976 harvest.

In this part of the Alpilles, the Cabernet Sauvignon grape develops some very idiosyncratic features. It is very spicy, with aromas of cinnamon and pepper. On its own, it can be rather austere and has harsh tannins. Syrah is used to make it mellower. Since we are in the northern part of the Alpilles, where it is colder, the Syrah ripens later and so it does not have that candied fruit flavour typical of Syrah grown in Southern France. The two varieties blend together magnificently and it is really this blend that creates the idiosyncratic style of a Trevallon wine.

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