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Domaine Trapet Alsace – When a winegrower from Burgundy meets an Alsatian winegrower !
Trapet, here is a name that speaks to all connoisseurs of Pinot Noir, Andrée (wife of Jean-Louis) is neither on Gevrey nor on Chambertin, but of course in the heart of the Grands Crus of Alsace .
Out of love she is, today, Burgundy. But her heart, her roots, her history comes from Alsace. By marrying Jean-Louis Trapet, Andrée came to live in Burgundy, in Gevrey-Chambertin, to accompany her husband in the management of the family estate. But she always kept an eye on the family vines until she decided to take the plunge.
An only daughter with a profound affection for her local soil, Andrée took over her parents’ vineyards in 2002.
Thanks to her experience in Burgundy with her husband, Jean-Louis, one of the greatest Burgundian winegrowers in biodynamics, she has been able to measure the benefits of this viticulture attentive to nature. Little by little it extended the vineyard to 7 hectares on four exceptional Grands Crus : Schlossberg, Sporen, Schonenbourg and Sonnenglanz, but also on several places known as Beblenheim , Kientzheim, Ammerschwihr, Riquewihr , Mittelwihr, Zellenberg or Hunawihr . The quality and the diversity of its climates give rise here every year to extraordinary crus .
Andrée carried on the work initiated by his parents by working the vinification of parcels , here each terroir and each vine variety to its different methods. Besides, the main grape varieties of Alsace are represented, the Riesling of course, but also Gewürztraminer , Ox Auxerrois, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir which she knows so well.
The grapes are harvested by hand, some are raised in barrels, then bottled with a tiny amount of sulphur, just enough to ensure good stability and great potential for keeping.
The wines, like their Burgundy relatives, are all about finesse and elegance. They are characterised by purity, solidity, minerality, density like a diamond, viscosity, verticality, and everything is wrapped by delicacy and softness.
The wines of Andrée show a very intense aromatic potential and racy according to the grape variety and the plot of which the berries are produced. In the mouth the wines are of exceptional density with a sharp minerality of attack with refreshing finish.
The week in Burgundy, the weekend in Alsace, this is the impressive agenda of Andrée Trapet…..
From Gevrey-Chambertin to Riquewhir, the Trapet family is taking us on a journey to remember!
For more info on Trapet: http://www.domaine-trapet.fr/en/alsace-wines/domaine-trapet-in-alsace.html
Wines and Tasting notes:
Ox Pinot Auxerrois 2014: Fuller medium-bodied, dry. This exotic wine has rich fruitiness, spices, and candy notes. A complex finish with nice weight.
Riquewihr Gewürztraminer 2012: Bright and clear, golden colour. The nose is powerful, characterized by aromas of exotic fruits such as mango, lychee, very marked notes of white flowers, with nuances of pear and sweet spices. The palate is full, perfectly balanced, pure and tense. The sweetness is balanced by a nice acidity. Powerful spicy floral aromas. Long finish with floral notes.
Beblenheim Riesling 2013: Clear golden yellow colour. The nose has rich lime, peach and pear notes, floral hints and a slightly petrolly aroma. The palate is equally impressive, with very good acidity balancing nicely the fuller body of this wine. There are crisp stone fruits, sharp citrus and lime peel and a lovely minerality throughout. The finish is long and satisfying
Riquewihr Riesling 2012: This Riesling has floral and stony aromas with lemony notes and lovely mineral influence. With age, the mineral content is enhanced and the wine acquires a smooth sweet note
Sporen Grand Cru Gewürztraminer 2011: Fruity nose of mango, yellow peach, pineapple and vanilla combined aromas. The palate has fading notes of sugared almond and squash.
Schoenenbourg Grand Cru Riesling 2011: Lovely floral and citrus fruity nose. Very fruity and mineral, incredibly elegant, complex and round. Great acidity and super length.