Domaine Trapet - Latricieres-Chambertin Grand Cru - 2011
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Appellation: Latricieres Chambertin Grand 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 parcel is very close to Jean-Louis’ heart. Bought in 1904 by his great grandfather, this was the first of the Domaine’s Grands Crus. It is beautifully sited, on well-drained gravel soil very close to a side valley (combe) through which air currents flow, refreshing the grapes. This makes for a longer growing season than elsewhere, and this in turn, enhances intensity and complexity.
This 2011 is a gorgeous, bright plum-ruby. The nose offers a striking array of red berries, summer pudding, violets and roses, complemented by crème de mûre.
Beautifully textured, soft and silken, it avoids languor through sporting a delightfully fresh acidity and mineral persistence.
The tannins are present and firm but fruit-coated and beautifully integrated. Impeccably pitched, this is a fine ambassador for the Domaine, high-toned and elegant with underlying depth and concentration.