Coteaux des Baux Wine
A visit to Domaine de Trévallon last October found Ostiane Dürrbach on fine form having completed her oenological studies in the summer and successfully overseen her first harvest at this ground-breaking estate created by her father Eloi in 1973. Four kilometres of new high tension anti-boar fencing kept the crop safe from predators but volumes were depleted by mildew which is unusual in this sunny southerly location on the northern edge of Les Alpilles. Fortunately, the ripening season ended well so that the quality of the grapes was excellent at the time of picking.
Today there are 14 hectares of red grapes under vine at Domaine de Trévallon divided equally between Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah which are picked and vinified separately and raised for a minimum of 18 months in 3000 litre oak foudres before a rigorous assemblage. The finished wine is unique and therefore difficult to describe. This effort from British wine writer Clive Coates MW is one of the best: "How do you describe the wine? 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 provencal 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."