Domaine Trevallon Igp Alpilles Rouge 2009
Towering above the picturesque villages of Saint Rémy-de-Provence and Les Baux de Provence, the wind-swept Alpilles mountains, with their carved, tooth-like peaks, form a solid barrier between the Camargue to the south and Avignon to the north. Domaine de Trévallon, is by far the most famous and is the standard bearer for the region. There is no person that has done more to elevate the quality and prestige of the wines around Les Baux than Eloi Dürrbach who began planting vines at the base of this mountain, in the three "valleys" (from whence the estate gets its name) in 1973.
He chose to plant Syrah, because of the northern exposure of his vineyards and Cabernet Sauvignon due to the high level of chalk in the soil. The 50/50 blend has turned out to be the perfect balance between the wild qualities the mediterranean basin and the structure of a more northern climate. The wines pick up the the aromatics of the pine trees and garrigue which surround the vineyard which are supported by a backbone of ripe tannins coated with a velvety texture. The wines begin to show their charm after five years in the bottle and will then age gracefully for 15-25 years, rivaling the finest from the northern Rhône or Bordeaux.