Domaine Trapet Pere et Fils, Gevrey-Chambertin, Petite-Chapelle 2018
The story of the Trapet family begins in 1870, when Louis Trapet decided to buy a good chunk of grapevines and founded the Domaine Trapet. Years go by and, in 1919, his descendant Pierre-Arthur Trapet bought his very first parcel of Chambertin, which would become the domaine’s trademark.
In 1995, Jean-Louis Trapet, Louis’ great-great-grandson, takes the helm of the domaine, which now amounts to 15 hectares of vineyards (mainly Pinot noir and Chardonnay) and many appellations such as the Chapelle-Chambertin or the Gevrey-Chambertin.
The entire winery switched to biodynamic agriculture in 1996, to honor the family tradition of working with nature and never against it. Jean-Louis is a proud son of the Burgundy region but he is also forever linked to Alsace, thanks to his wife Andree who also owns a winery in Riquewihr.
Tasting note: 93 POINTS
A vaguely discernible mentholated top note can be found on the quite floral-suffused nose of elegant red and black cherry and a pretty array of subtle spice wisps. The notably finer if not quite as concentrated middle weight flavors possess an evident mineral streak on the beautifully complex, moderately structured and a wonderfully lingering finish. As it often is, this is a beautiful combination of finesse and punch but note that at present it is quite backward, serious and compact so patience absolutely advised.