2015 Domaine du Deffends "Champs de la Truffière", Coteaux Varois en Provence, France

Dollar for dollar, this is one of the least expensive, cellar-worthy wines I have had in my career—think Domaine de Trevallon without the price tag.


Cepage is equally Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. Coteaux Varois is about as inland and continental a climate as Provence gets. It’s still hot of course, but these grapes do get the cooler nighttimes that allow for slower maturation. From a single vineyard of vines planted in the early ’70s, always hand harvested. Ecocert certified Organic. The elevage is roughly one quarter used barrels and the balance stainless tank.


Grape(s) Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon
Farming Organic