Just a short distance from Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, on the north side of the Alpilles, is the Domaine de Trévallon, situated in the village of Saint-Etienne-du-Grès. Here, everywhere, limestone emerges from the ground. It is ubiquitous and shapes this harsh, dry land. Around the old farmhouse, the vineyards spread out over 13 hectares amid this vibrant and protected countryside. Major work is undertaken to integrate the vines into this mesmerizing landscape of scrubland with its green oaks, olive and almond trees. The rocky ground is blown up, the soil ploughed deep and the rock fragments mixed in with the soil. Eloi Dürrbach planted his first vineyard in the Alpilles in 1973. 15 hectares of red are produced, made from equal amounts of cabernet sauvignon and syrah, and 2 hectares made mainly from marsanne et roussane.
Erloi Durrbach has been producing wine at Domaine de Trévallon since 1977. Many consider his wines the best in the district, but he’s not entitled to be classified as ‘A.O.C. Les Baux de Provence’ as this maverick winemaker refuses to play by the rules. The body that regulates wine production only allows 20% Cabernet Sauvignon in Les Baux wines. Despite being demoted to Vins de Pay, his rich, intense, half Cabernet Sauvignon, half Syrah blend is highly sought after, and Domaine de Trévallon is often described as one of the best wine producing estates in Provence. These wines are top class and age extremely well.
The distinctive wine labels were designed by Eloi’s father. He was a good friend of Picasso’s, who happens to be Eloi’s godfather!
Organically farmed. The Durbach family plows to encourage the roots of the vines to plunge deeper into the soil for water and nutrients, and they believe in pruning short, which not only reduces the yields but extends the life of the plant by 20 to 50 years. Just a short distance from Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, on the north side of the Alpilles, is Domaine de Trévallon, situated in the village of Saint-Etienne-du-Grès. Around the old farmhouse, the vineyards spread out over 17 hectares, carved into the northern slopes of Provence's Alpilles at Saint-Etienne-du-Grès in the Bouches-du-Rhône. Vines planted in 1973 by Eloi Dürrbach. The white comes from two hectares, mainly of Marsanne and Roussane. The fact that the vines are grown on north-facing slopes gives incredible freshness and imparts a minerality and elegance to the Marsanne grape comparable with that found in a Hermitage white. The Roussanne is typically acidic and develops aromas of verbena, citronnella and honeysuckle. Eloi likens the addition of Chardonnay to adding salt and pepper to a dish.