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We're happy to offer the elegant wines of Domaine Trapet, Père et Fils, from the excellent 2020 vintage! The domaine was known throughout much of its history as Domaine Louis Trapet, named after the founder, but in 1993, the estate’s vineyard holdings were split in half, the result was the Louis Trapet estate being renamed as Domaine Trapet Père et Fils and run under the very sure hand of Jean-Louis Trapet. In the mid-1990s, Jean-Louis was among the first growers to implement biodynamic principles in the vines. (Along with our friend Jean-Claude Rateau who began his conversion to Biodynamics in 1979) As of 2009, the entire estate is Demeter-certified. Jean-Louis experimented in the cellar too. As was the fashion at many top estates in the 1990s, Jean-Louis used quite a bit of new wood for his top wines at that time, but by the 2000s he drastically scaled back the new oak and extraction in search of terroir-transparency. Today, the wines are made with an emphasis on elegance, purity and finesse.
Like many top producers in Burgundy, Jean-Louis also likes to use a nice dose of whole cluster in his fermentations. Though he tailors the percentage based on vintage conditions and the quality of the stems each year. That said, it is not uncommon to see 50-100% stems in the grand crus, 30-50% in the 1er Crus, and a bit less for village-level wines. New wood usage is judicious, certainly compared to their other neighbors in Gevrey. This means roughly 20-25% on village wines, 30-40% on 1er Crus, and around 50% on the grand cru range. The estate is certainly known for its three great Grand Crus, though the quality at Domaine Trapet Père et Fils is simply outstanding up and down their hierarchy. The Bourgogne Passetoutgrain and Bourgogne Rouge are the best gateways to Gevrey money can buy. The domaine also makes outstanding examples of both Marsannay and Gevrey-Chambertin Villages, and an impressive lineup of premier crus to augment their portfolio.
Trapet's outstanding grand crus (Latricières-Chambertin, Chapelle-Chambertin and Chambertin) are crafted to really highlight their underlying terroirs. Though they may not be as "big" or powerfully constructed as some of their other more flashy neighbors in Gevrey-Chambertin, they are in the top echelon in terms of aromatics, flavor complexity, expression of terroir, and aging potential. Like the man himself, there is an elegence, grace and purity to the wines that is haunting and rare in a village where power dominates. All in all, Domaine Trapet Père et Fils is at the top of their game, with Jean-Louis crafting wines that are as stunning as any in the great history of this long-respected Gevrey superstar.
Wines arrive Tuesday Jan 17, please allow 2 - 3 days for pick-up/shipping
Trapet's young Gevrey vines create a classic Pinot with red cherry fruit and lovely soil understones. Drinks well young but has the structure to stick around for a while!
"The palate is medium-bodied with crunchy red-berry fruit on the entry, quite a peppery Marsannay with plenty of freshness on the sapid finish." Neal Martin, Vinous
"All that you really want from a village Gevrey." Neal Martin, Vinous
"Classy, for Burgundy-lovers who like their Pinot a bit cerebral."
"Medium-bodied, with fine tannins, cohesive, and with great depth...give this 4 - 6 years in bottle." Neal Martin, Vinous
"Class from start to finish" Neal Martin, Vinous
"Sublime" - Neal Martin, Vinous