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Domaine Trapet Pere et Fils, Gevrey-Chambertin Ostrea, 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 91
"from very old vines situated in Clos du Village and Combe du Bas A slightly riper nose is comprised by notes of both red and dark currant, plum and similar floral and earth nuances. There is slightly better volume and mid-palate density to the medium-bodied flavors that exude more evident minerality on the equally rustic and youthfully austere but firmer finale. This is quite good and worth considering."

Antonio Galloni

AG 91
"The 2021 Gevrey-Chambertin Ostrea has a finely-tuned nose, transparent red fruit and touches of shucked oyster shells, darker fruit emerging with time. The palate is medium-bodied with raspberry coulis and blood orange notes, finely balanced, gentle grip with a slightly grainy, quite persistent finish. Very fine." -Vinous

Robert Parker

RP 91
"The 2021 Gevrey-Chambertin Ostrea has turned out nicely, unwinding in the glass with aromas of cherries, raspberries, sweet spices and licorice. Medium to full-bodied, fleshy and layered, with an ample core of fruit underpinned by powdery tannins, it derives from old vines in Brochon that always deliver a more concentrated, muscular version of the appellation."

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

Four fossil-rich parcels near the Brochon border planted in 1919. Old vines, many nearing 90 years of age. The name "Ostrea" refers to the oyster shells found in and around these parcels.
Diverse array of clay/limestone, fossil rich soils
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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