Domaine de Trévallon is somewhat of a cult-wine, a pioneer-wine, or even a rebel-wine. You could qualify it either way. It was pioneering winemaking in a region where winemaking seemed to die. It was one of the first wineries in France to ignore the appelation rules and label the bottles as Vin de Pays for having too much Cabernet in its Cuvée (50% Cabernet, 50% Syrah). And also, it was the first winery in France producing organic wine.
But the most pertinent reason for Eloi Durrbach‘s success probably lies in the hard work he puts into his vineyards. He does everything he can to achieve his vision of a good wine. Thus, appelation rules aren’t his priority. And maybe this is the way it should be.
The 2007 vintage was apparently one of the better. This is a statement from the winery:
Nothing would have predicted a great vintage; no exceptional weather conditions, no early spring, no hot or dry summer. But right from the start of the harvest, we noticed that the grapes had a lot of flavour and were extraordinarily rich.
After the first pressings, we were certain that the 2007 red would be powerful, rich, silky and very smooth.
It is a wine with fruit and spice.
This wine will be good as soon as it is bottled and for least another 25 years!
Having a few bottles in my cellar, I was just too curious to wait and decided to pop open a bottle of this young wine. Here are my few sketchy observations:
Beautiful dark robe with purple hue, not entirely transparent, yet very shiny. Rather thick tears on the side of the glass.
Nose is a basket of berries; could be interpreted as jammy. A slight Provence herb notes add complexity.
Palate is wrapped in silk, but tannins are there, fine grained and smooth. Opposed to Spanish jam wines, this one has a backbone even if it isn’t a coarse tannin base. Fruit basket is also there, acidity is in balance. Needs maybe a bit more cellaring although I would say it already was a pleasure to drink it.