This is the face of man who said, “no” to the INAO, France’s governing body for wine laws. He produced wine happily in Les Baux de Provence for almost 20 years until 1993, when the maximum percentages for Cabernet blending were reduced to 20%.
Domaine de Trevallon was planted in the 1970s, and due to their cool, north-facing vineyards in the foothills of the Alpilles, cool climate grapes like Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah made the most sense. Both varieties had been part of Provençal vineyards for many, many years. So the red wine of Trevallon has always been a blend of the two, and always of exceptional quality.
So in 1993, when they were ‘demoted’ to an IGP designation, Eloi Dürrbach made the above face and continued to make his beautiful wines, despite the lowly label.
So this is what one of the greatest IGPs in the world looks like:
2009 Domaine de Trevallon Rouge IGP $56.99/ BTL.