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Domaine Trapet Pere et Fils, Chapelle-Chambertin Grand Cru, 2021


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Domaine Trapet is not exactly a new name in Burgundy. They've been growing grapes in Gevrey-Chambertin since the 1800s, and have amazing parcels in all the best vineyards, up to and including Le Chambertin. Back in the day, they sold their best grapes to the likes of Domaine Drouhin and Maison Leroy.

But since the 1960s, they've been bottling their own wines. The style has fluctuated a bit, as styles have varied with the generations. Today the domaine is run by Jean-Louis Trapet, whose style can best be summarized as a laser-like focus on making delicious Pinot Noir.

Here are the technicalities of that: light extraction (a touch of bâtonnage or punching down at the beginning of fermentation, but just remontage—pumping over—after that), very little new oak, and whole-cluster when the grapes are ideally healthy (which is quite often, as the farming is biodynamic).

This sounds like what many of Burgundy's best are doing today. But in one area Trapet departs: while "reductive" wine-making is all the rage (limiting the wine's exposure to oxygen), Trapet likes to make his wines open and accessible from release, including by using as little sulfur as possible in the process. That's how he makes his Pinot Noir so delicious!

Professional Reviews


BH 93
"from two parcels of vines in Chapelle proper measuring .55 ha, one planted in '65 and the other in '38 This too is quite firmly reduced. There is a bit more power if decidedly less minerality to the attractively textured medium-bodied flavors that deliver outstanding length on the serious, compact and built-to-age finale."

Antonio Galloni

AG 97
"The 2021 Chapelle-Chambertin Grand Cru, the first Grand Cru to be picked with 50% whole clusters, has a fragrant, pure and (unlike Latricières) inviting bouquet that just wants to seduce. Very sensual. The palate is medium-bodied with pliant tannins that frame the crystalline red fruit, supreme mineralité with one of the most elegant finishes you will find in this vintage. Reminiscent of Dugat's Chapelle-Chambertin, this is divine." -Vinous

Robert Parker

RP 95
"The 2021 Chapelle-Chambertin Grand Cru is also very attractive, wafting from the glass with aromas of dark berries, licorice, rich spices, orange zest, roses and baking chocolate. Medium to full-bodied, fleshy and layered, it's deep and textural, with an ample core of fruit that largely conceals its ripe strutting tannins."


D 93
"The first Trapet grand crus shows admirable concentration, with a smoky side to the ripe plummy fruit. Pierre Trapet remarks that a modest proportion of whole clusters were used in 2021, even in this parcel planted in thin soils over the limestone base where the grapes ripen early. The key was selection; what was left after sorting produced a wonderfully supple, silky wine with enough density and grip to ensure it ages well. The grapes come from from Trapet’s 0.60-hectare old vine parcel in Chapelle-Chambertin."

What importer Polaner Selections has to say about this wine...

Trapet owns 0.55 hectares in this Grand Cru vineyard
Warm, shallow, well-drained soil, composed of fine clays and blocks of limestone subsoil.
The vineyard is farmed using biodynamic practices and all grapes are harvested by hand, sorted once in the vineyard and again at the winery. Up to 10% of the crop may be rejected.
Vinification with traditional methods, open vat fermentation using native yeasts, 30% stem inclusion and minimal use of sulpher.
The wine is aged in French barriques of which 30-75% is new depending on vintage.


  • Grape Variety

    Pinot Noir

  • Vintage


  • Size


  • Farming Practice


  • Sweetness


  • Body

    Medium Bodied

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