Monday, April 22, 2024

2020 Domaine de Trévallon Alpilles Rouge

2020 Domaine de Trévallon Alpilles Rouge...$78.99
Blend: 50% Syrah and 50% Cabernet Sauvignon
(we are the lowest price on Wine-Searcher for this classic)
Trévallon is known for its long aging process, more than 2 years for its reds. Racking is kept to a strict minimum, the lees found at the bottom of the barrels continue to nourish the wine during the ageing process Terroir : Limestone and clay soil, very stony: Hauterivian et Barremian, second stage of the lower Cretaceous, less than 130 million years.
The coolness of the nights allowed to obtain a wine with great liveliness and a beautiful finesse of tannins: Mixture of crushed strawberries and black olives with a finish and Eucalyptus.  This vintage, smooth and supple, will be accessible when young, and can also be kept for many years.
Food pairings : It will go perfectly with lamb, beef...

Domaine Trevallon - one of the classics!
Since its inception, Domaine de Trévallon has been a trailblazer for quality wine production in the South of France. In 1993 local authorities changed the regulations for grape production in the appellation of Les Beaux de Provence, lowering the permitted percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon to 20%. Domaine de Trévallon’s red is always a blend of 50% Syrah and 50% Cabernet Sauvignon. Refusing to change his style, Eloi opted to produce his wine as a Vin de Pays (Vin de Pays des Bouches du Rhône). By doing so Domaine de Trévallon, like todays “super-Tuscans”, was among the first wineries to choose to go outside local appellation rules to produce higher quality wines.

Above all, Eloi produces “natural wines” with as little human intervention as possible. He avoids excess use of technology which he believes leads to standardized, uniform wines. Eloi uses no pesticides or chemicals in the vineyards and he keeps yields below 25 hectoliters per hectare. In the winery the grapes are not de-stemmed, and only natural indigenous yeasts are used. The reds are aged in large oak foudres for 2 years , are non-filtered, and are only occasionally fined with egg whites before bottling. The reds from Trévallon are always 50% Cabernet Sauvignon & 50% Syrah.

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