Saturday, November 11, 2017

2005 Domaine de Trevallon has arrived!

2005 Domaine de Trevallon Bouches du Rhone...$69.99
Next lowest price on Wine-Searcher is $84.99
50% Cabernet Sauvignon
50% Syrah
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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