Domaine Trapet - Chambertin Grand Cru - 2011
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Appellation: Chambertin Premier Cru
Variety: Pinot Noir
Estate: Domaine Trapet Père et Fils is one of the greatest estates of Gevrey-Chambertin, with superb holdings in three of the top grand crus in the village and a legacy of great wines that dates back to their earliest days of estate bottling.
While the family has been important vineyard owners in Gevrey-Chambertin since 1870, it was not until the 1960s that they began to bottle a majority of their production and offer their wines directly for sale to clients. Previously they had been one of the finest sources for top négociants in the region, including Maison Leroy and Maison Joseph Drouhin. By the late 1920s, Domaine Trapet had become one of the most important vineyard owners in all of Burgundy, as they were the single largest owner in the great vineyard of Chambertin at this time, as well as owning very large tracts of Latricières-Chambertin and Chapelle-Chambertin.
The vineyards have been fully farmed under biodynamic principles since 1998, and are 100% certified biodynamic as of 2009.
In addition to his Burgundy estate, Jean-Louis and his wife also produce wines from her family’s property in Alsace.
Tasting Notes: This magnificient land, from which the blue blood of Pinot Noir flows, has a complex geological composition. The base consists of calcareous clay with superb internal large surface clays. The upper part is much whiter and clayish, which consequently slows down the vegetative cycle and confers a royal and rare equilibrium on this jewel of a wine !
Lustrous and intense, this presents a rather extravagant nose, an array of black and red fruit, crystallised violets and roses complemented by earthy, mineral undertones. The palate is equally aromatic, fruit now layered with cream, laced with vanillin and dark spice.
Rather luscious and rounded, with no hard edges, it nonetheless is supported by a significant structure, though fruit-coated and obscured. There are clues to the staying power here on the finish which is headily perfumed and extraordinarily long – very fine indeed.