Producer: Domaine de Trévallon
Legendary Provençal estate Domaine de Trévallon was purchased by the Durrbach family (friends of Picasso’s) in the 1950s, originally intended to serve as a holiday home in the beautiful and sunny region of Les Baux de Provence. Eloi, one of the family’s sons, returned home from his architectural studies in Paris in the 1970s to plant vines, believing that the soil and aspect of the family property would lend itself to unique, expressive, and excellent wines. Eschewing the typical varietals of the area, Eloi planted a large amount of Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon, and the estate continues to make highly-sought after, unique blends such as this one. On the nose this wine explodes with ‘garrigue’, violets, leather, and barnyard. The palate has dark fruit flavours, an intruiging minerality, with super smooth tannins. This 2012 was a perhaps a more challenging vintage than 2011, but has in particular produced Syrahs with both finesse and intensity.
Pairing suggestion: lamb shank ragù over fresh egg papardelle.