Jean-Louis Trapet is one of the great names in Gevrey-Chambertin. He is fashioning wines that are elegant and pure, much like himself. He is creating the soil-driven and absolutely pure wines of his father and grandfather’s era. While the estate is best known for its three grand crus, the quality at Domaine Trapet is outstanding up and down the hierarchy of their vineyard holdings. The vineyards have been fully farmed under biodynamic principles since 1996 and have been certified biodynamic since 2009.
100% Pinot Noir
Vineyard & Vinification Note
50 acres – 3 parcels
When the harvest comes in, having already been sorted in the vineyard, it is hand-sorted once more then and de-stemmed to a degree, dependent on the vintage.
Cold maceration of between 5 and 7 days encouraging greater depth of colour and more intense aromatics, without extracting too harsh tannins. Lightly crushed, there is then a long cuvaison, for more gentle extraction. Fermentation is carried out in open top vats, with natural yeasts.
The wines are aged for 15 to 18 months in barrel, the proportion of new wood depending on the wine. The purpose of the oak, in the Trapets’ view, is to facilitate controlled oxidation of the young wines. The wines remain in cask for between 12 and 18 months before bottling. The wines are essentially neither fined nor filtered but this depends on the vintage. At any rate no more that 10% would ever be filtered.
Very pale, lovely nose, Full bodied but elegant with red berry fruit and earth aromas. Delicious
The Wine Advocate Tasting Note
From lieux-dits Grand Poirier and Grasse Têtes comes Trapet’s 2018 Marsannay, a nicely structured wine that offers up aromas of raspberries, cherries, raw cocoa and forest floor. Medium to full-bodied, lively and precise, it’s framed by fine, powdery tannins and succulent acids. 89-91 Points, William Kelley, Feb 2020
Burghound Tasting Note
A notably fresher though still very ripe nose features notes of plum liqueur that are complemented by hints of spice, earth and a floral whiff. There is better verve to the sleeker middle weight flavors that exhibit a mild rusticity on the reasonably complex and lingering finish. This is sufficiently structured to warrant keeping for 6 to 10 years. 87-89 Points, January 2020
Great with grilled meat, game and hard mature cheeses