Domaine Trapet Pere et Fils, Gevrey-Chambertin, Ostrea 2018

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From very old vines situated mostly in or near Brochon, and Trapet notes that a high percentage are more than 90 years of age

Producer note:

Jean-Louis Trapet observed that 2019 "continued the pattern of recent vintages in that they're hot and dry and because the vegetative cycle begins seemingly earlier each year, the risk of early season frost has become almost a given. 2019 would be no exception as it too began early due to an unseasonably warm winter but unlike other recent vintages, we managed to avoid any significant frost damage. We picked from the 17th to the 22nd of September and the ripe and super-clean fruit made it easy to harvest quickly. We used between 30 and 60% whole clusters and vinified relatively softly so as to avoid extracting too much tannin. And this was easy to do as the skins were so thick and ripe that it almost seemed like the extractions managed themselves! As to the vintage style, I love the 2019s for their elegance, transparency and energy. It's a vintage with grace, even class, that should age on its beautiful balance." The 2018s, revisited below, were bottled in March and April 2020. I would add that I was equally impressed with the Trapet 2018s as several are outstanding.

93 points Vinous

The 2018 Gevrey-Chambertin "Ostrea" comprises around 70% whole cluster this year and comes from parcels around the village of Brochon. This has an elegant bouquet of gorgeous wild strawberry and raspberry preserve aromas, the oak seamlessly integrated. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins and well-judged acidity, and so juicy that it is nigh impossible to detect the stem addition. This might well constitute the best "Ostrea" I have tasted from Trapet. (NM) (1/2020)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

The 2018 Gevrey-Chambertin Ostrea is showing beautifully, unwinding in the glass with a deeper-pitched bouquet of cassis, dark berry fruit, baking chocolate, rich soil tones and warm spices. Medium to full-bodied, concentrated and mineral, this has a more structured, tensile profile than the domaine's regular Gevrey, as well as greater reserves of tightly wound fruit. As readers will remember, this cuvée derives from old vines in the commune of Brochon. 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. (WK) (2/2020)

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