Domaine Trapet 2018 Vintage En Primeur
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We are pleased to release Domaine Trapet 2018 Vintage En Primeur!!

Vintage 2018 at Trapet: The Wine Advocate

“The 2018 vintage has turned out brilliantly at this Gevrey-Chambertin benchmark, an estate that seems to go from strength to strength. Jean-Louis Trapet began picking on September 5 and retained a considerable proportion of whole clusters for vinification, reporting alcohol levels for the most part between 13% and 13.5%. Yields, he told me, were limited by the domaine’s high percentage of old vines. Deep, concentrated and exquisitely elegant, this is a remarkably consistent range in both style and quality, and while they bear the imprint of the vintage, they’re not dominated by it. Everything reviewed here comes warmly recommended.” William Kelley, February 2020

List of Trapet wines below, please contact us for prices and allocations:

Bourgogne Chardonnay £ Wine scores

Marsannay blanc £ Wine scores

Bougogne Passetoutgrains A Minima £ Wine scores

Marsannay rouge £ Wine scores

Gevrey-Chambertin Cuvée Ostréa 75cl £ Wine scores

Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Capita 75cl £ Wine scores

Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Petite Chapelle £ Wine scores

Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos Prieur £ Wine scores

Chapelle Chambertin Grand Cru £ Wine scores

Latricières Chambertin Grand Cru £ Wine scores

Chambertin Grand Cru 75cl £ Wine scores

Full presentation on the wines Domaine Trapet 2018s


Minimum order: Case of 6 bottles or 3 magnums

No online orders. Please contact us at [email protected] for purchases

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2018: In balance!

An extraordinary vintage.

Jean-Louis Trapet, April 2020

“If we define balance as a combination of strength that creates a state of stability, then yes, this 2018 vintage is certainly “in balance”.

It is a unique vintage and it will be registered in the vineyard records as a messenger of harmony because the initial strengths which worked to create this state were contrasted and extreme.

Another early year…

I remember the stories of my grandfather Louis who recalled the year 1893 when his grandfather, another Louis, had started his harvest at Chambolle-Musigny on August 25th, and harvested his Gevrey Premier Crus En Ergot on the 27th. More recently, I experienced 2003, an incredibly solar year where we suffered with resignation the painful darts of the star of light …

But, and we will come back to the causes later, the comparative study of the two vintages, shows us afterwards and glass in hand, that 2018 is extremely more balanced. The wines that are born from it, show us already in a vivid way, all the genius of Burgundy: land continuity and the unchanging nature of the wine growing seasons…

Today, we are going to tell you the epic story of this generous vintage. Let us remember that the conditions at the end of the 2017 harvest are idyllic: The luminous sky that radiate us open for us an infinite universe. This sky of a rare beauty does not however encourage us in the necessary self-reflection of the fermenting room days …

Also, very conveniently from November, the clouds arrive and bring us substantial watering, we are happy to work in the protective silence of our cellar …

These uninterrupted rains last until the end of March. It rains almost every other day and overall rainfall become very important. During this winter, we gather more than 500 mm of water, which represents a surplus of more than 140 mm compared to normal.

This rainfall draws the first outline of this extraordinary vintage: the hydric reserves, so beneficial in summer, will be very substantial from the start. The downside, our pruning work is constantly disturbed by the ambient humidity. At the very end of March, the pruning shears are finally stored away and the team of winemakers are busy bottling and receiving the vine shoots.

From this moment on, we have to think about “taking back” the soil. A soil preparation complemented by a “prep” of 500P would make it possible to start the campaign serenely, but the grounds are full of water.

We will have to wait until mid-April to finally carry out this work on dry soil. The zealous horse riders impatiently control the horseshoe of their cart…

What a start: heat and water!

These incredibly favourable conditions to the development of our climbing vineyards require of us a sustained pace. So, ignited by our boldness and armed with our gift of being everywhere at once, we are at the same time quick at disbudding, skilful in binding shoots and swift at plowing …

The early ripening speeds up: At the end of April, we already note more than one week in advance compared to 2003, until then an absolute reference in matters of precocity. The subtle scent of the first flowers begin from May 20th. Stimulated by a bright and radiant luminosity, the dazzling flowering ends in la Chapelle on June 1st. By way of comparison, this stage was only reached at the end of June in 2016 …

Burgundy does not, however, resemble this Arcadia dream: Downy mildew, the winemaker’s old enemy, is on the lookout. Devious, he stands ready to thwart the wildest hopes that we place in this vintage in the making…

The frequent rain reduces the possibility of working the soil and make the application of treatments very uncertain. At the end of May 130 mm of water submerged Gevrey …

Mildew is difficult to contain. Will we emerge victorious from this unequal fight? The tenacity and the expertise of each one of us make it possible to contain as best as possible the bite of the treacherous fungus. The damage will be limited but present, many small portions of inflorescence and clusters are sacrificed. The enemy is a very good teacher: as we will note later, nature, with its infinite wisdom, compensated for the original fertility of 2018. The much-feared mildew initiated a natural thinning, it favoured the natural concentration of this extraordinary vintage …

Early June: it’s getting better!

The high-pressure conditions are finally taking hold and the penetrating north wind is chasing the last clouds. From this moment until the harvest, we will experience a succession of episodes of hot weather. These important temperatures are however disproportionate with those which we had known in 2003, year when we had seen the grapes wilt in July, sometimes causing jammy aromas…

The difference with the 2003 is again quite remarkable.

The exception of the past is becoming today the rule2:

The growing concern is at the height of the drought that sets in: Does this lack of water not risk weakening our plants? substantially reduce our harvest? alter the expression of our plots?

We have to act: we abandon the idea of stripping and give care of infinite kindness: herbal teas, decoction of soothing chamomile, biodynamic “preparation” of horn manure … nothing seems too good to take care our vines …

We think then that nature is only rhythm and motion. It will rain! Some of the most optimistic winegrowers in my team even think.

In mid-July, our prayers are heard and a few thunderstorms finally come to water Gevrey. Our vines, supported by the double impulse of care and saving rains, are approaching the start of summer in great shape.

This vintage seduces us!

On August 25th, Jean is happy to guide his grandsons Pierre and Louis for a tour of the vineyard: the vines are magnificent! He even seems quite surprised and tells us about his 1976 vintage when many vines were “blocked”. In 2018, we note that the grape’s stability is amazing, the photosynthesis is maintained and the sap, invisible link connecting the nourishing earth and the grape, is spreading …

In these conditions, the maturity advances quickly, we taste: what delicious fruit in Chapelle! what emerging complexity in Latricières! what power in Chambertin!

The vintage is becoming clearer, but we must still be patient, the aromatic expression of thick black layer does not yet seem optimal.

Tuesday 4th September: eve of the harvest.

Almost everywhere on the Côte, the clatter of secateurs echoes the laughter of the pickers. The weather is good. Honour to Gevrey! Our happy team is getting ready to go, we will start with the very small plot of Clos de l’Arche.

In the winery, the buzz increases.

Our contemplative sorters can only see the genius of this sumptuous year! How beautiful and tasty are these little pinots! the skins are thick, the seeds are ripe and the stems well lignified. The health status is close to perfection and as we had seen a few days earlier, only a few small withered berries will have to be removed.

This almost idyllic picture should not make us forget that time is of the essence…. Maturity is increasing at a rate that was previously unknown to us. In the space of only five days the progression of sugars is spectacular: more than 25 grams!

The harvest is called to finish as quickly as possible … The bouquet of flowers announcing “La Paulée” is finally picked on Wednesday, 12th September

In the winery, serenity reigns.

The vats let out a beautiful corolla of red-dye foam, it smells good. This outpouring is the tangible proof of a generous vintage.

The extraction, slow and regular, is supported by a very progressive fermentation. This particular kinetic fermentation is specific to winemaking in “whole bunches”.

The sugar contained in the small berries preserved from crushing is indeed only released very gradually until the end of the fermentation, giving the wines a fine and distinguished structure.

 

Today, these bottled wines enchant us with their naturalness and their rare balance.

They are the link bearers that unites us to our place and invite us, in their great generosity, to share and to exchange in harmony.”

Jean-Louis Trapet, April 2020

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Notes on Domaine Trapet Père et Fils:

Seventh generation Gevrey-Chambertin estate and one of the largest holders of Chambertin.

Jean-Louis Trapet is one of the great names in Gevrey-Chambertin. He is fashioning wines of purity, finesse and elegance. 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 and deserves its place among the very top names of the appellation.

A passion for Biodynamic viticulture

Jean-Louis Trapet is a visionary frontrunner of biodynamic viticulture and one of the most dedicated biodynamic winemakers in Burgundy. The vineyards have been fully farmed under biodynamic principles since 1996 and have been certified biodynamic since 2009. Among the pioneers of natural viticulture in the region and they continue to lead the way in biodynamic farming.