Steven Spurrier's top wines to take out from the cellar
From the cellar: Domaine de Trévallon 1982–2009
The iconic Domaine de Trévallon, whose 17ha (hectares) of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah and 2ha of Marsanne and Roussanne and a touch of Chardonnay lie high up between St-Rémy and Les Baux-de-Provence, was created by Eloi Dürrbach and his wife. The first vintage was 1976, but the breakthrough was the 1982, since when it has been a collector’s item. UK merchant Yapp Bros has been the importer since 1982, and put on this tasting that not even Dürrbach could come close to creating. Price and availability enquiries to Yapp.
2009 still young, Cabernet dominant, elegant but needs time (17/20pts, drink 2015–2022); 2007 rich, spicy Syrah nose, Cabernet providing length and grip (18.5, 2013–2027); 2005 still young, the two grapes beautifully balanced, very good (18, 2013–2022); 2003 mature, warm, spicy fruit (16.5, 2013–2016); 2001 earthy nose, good southern fruit (17.25, 2013–2017); 1998 youthful, very individual, spicy wine (17, 2013–2016); 1995 firm colour, good red fruits, a little dry (16, 2013–2015); 1990 rich and spicy, lovely southern fruit (18, 2013–2018); 1985 lovely texture and balance (17, 2013–2015); 1982 harmonious southern fruit, still superb (18, 2013–2016).
Taken from the October 2013 issue of Decanter magazine