Domaine de Trévallon - Famille Dürrbach Domaine de Trévallon - Famille Dürrbach

A place

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. Surrounding a Provençal farmhouse with its sky-blue shutters, the vineyards spread out over 17 hectares amid this vibrant and protected countryside.


Passion

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.


Family

Floriane and Eloi Dürrbach have been leading the Trévallon adventure together for over 30 years ! Eloi in the vines and the cellar, Floriane by his side at the Domaine.

You can clearly see the special bond with this land and story which have enticed Ostiane and Antoine to work at the Domaine.


Character

Cabernet sauvignon used to exist in Provence before phylloxera. Blended with syrah it would produce excellent wines. The two grapes work beautifully together and it is this blend which gives Trévallon its individual character.

Certain about his choice and the history of the Baux vineyards, Eloi chooses to declassify his wine to vin de pays, imposed by the INAO, rather than betray the personality of its wines.


History

Trévallon’s new labels first appeared for the 1996 vintage. They are the work of René Dürrbach, Eloi’s father, who died in 1999 aged 89. Artist and sculptor, he counted Fernand Leger, Robert Delaunay and Pablo Picasso among his friends.

"I entrusted him with 50 labels and he started drawing on them using coloured pencils, using his inspiration. Each year we choose a label which reflects the characteristics of the vintage".


Know-how

In the gullies and grooves across the secret valleys of Trévallon’s scrubland, there used to be old olive groves, remnants of a rural tradition linked to one of the oldest fruits which have always been enjoyed by man.

Just like the Domaine’s vines, the olive trees are grown without chemical fertilizer or artificial products. The different type of olives - Aglandau, Picholine, Salonenque, Grossanne, Verdale, Bouteillan et Broutignan - are picked by hand for all 800 of the Domain’s trees, and then pressed on the same day. Three months later, Trévallon’s gold reveals its pristine fruit flavors with herbal notes in small bottles, lined up on the farmhouse table.


A will

"The renovation and redevelopment of the existing property adjacent to this modern extension is an example of the comparison between a rural design and the how it can be reflected in modern architecture, revealing another story about the place.
More than goodwill, it is a desire to perpetuate the intelligent, architectural legacy; to keep it evolving by incorporating today’s challenges and limitations."

Jean Bosc, architect

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