Dynamite and A Provencal Aristocrat:
2015 Domaine de Trevallon IGP Alpilles

Posted by Joe Salamone

Along with Tempier and Château Simone, Domaine de Trévallon stands as one of the great, long aging and truly noble wines of Provence.

For many years, we've been buying up every bottle of back-vintage Trévallon that we could find. Old Trévallon offers some of the most moving and honest experiences in wine. Bottles from the late eighties and early nineties remain stunning today.

The 2015 recently blew the entire staff away. It's easily one of the best young vintages of Trévallon that we've tasted. The only comparable vintages are 2001 and 2010.

Trévallon sits on hard limestone. Dynamite was required to plant some of the vineyards. Like at Château Simone, the vineyards face north, which limits the ripeness and gives the wine a beautiful finesse and minerality.

Very traditional methods are followed: the wine is destemmed, fermented in open top tonneaux and then aged almost exclusively in foudre. Based on old text, Trévallon believes that Cabernet Sauvignon was very important to their area and along with Syrah it makes up 50% of the blend. Since the appellation guidelines for Les Baux de Provence restricted the percentage of Cabernet to 20% in the nineties, Trévallon hasn't been able to list the appellation on their label.

Trévallon flaunts the nobility that France's south can display. The 2015 really highlights the fineness, elegance and harmony that Trévallon can achieve. There's a nicely judged wildness to the wine that imbues it with an extra dimension of mystery, soulfulness and complexity.

Between the length, concentration and balance, it's easy to see Trévallon's 2015 going the distance. It's always nice to be able to offer a wine with such a track record for aging and in such an impressive vintage that offers so much value.

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Joe Salamone

Wine Buyer
Crush Wine & Spirits