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Domaine Trapet Pere et Fils, Chambertin Grand Cru, 2016


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Truly grand, truly beautiful Chambertin from one of the great names in the village. All the top producers in Burgundy these days use a "hands-off" approach in the winery but Trapet takes this even further than most, allowing the brilliant terroir of Chambertin to shine.


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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 93-96 January 2018
"Reduction dominates at present. However there is excellent freshness and underlying tension to the superbly well-concentrated and intensely mineral drive big-bodied flavors that flash plenty of classic Chambertin muscle on the youthfully austere and very backward finish that is explosively long. This is seriously good and the density is such that this is pretty much a block of stone today. Patience, and a lot of it, ist going to be needed here but if you have it, this is potentially a great Chambertin." -Allen Meadows

Antonio Galloni

AG 93-95 January 2018
"Good full red. Very sexy, inviting aromas of redcurrant, raspberry, espresso, minerals, game and smoky oak. Then surprisingly high-pitched and youthfully imploded in the mouth but not at all dry, with concentrated dark berry fruit flavors energized by mint and herb elements. This superb terroir-driven wine is a perfect blend of wild and fresh elements--and of intense purple fruits and subtle minerality. Finishes with dusty, late-arriving tannins and terrific length and lift. This has all the elements to make a classic Chambertin." -Stephen Tanzer

Robert Parker

RP 95-97 December 2017
"The 2016 Chambertin Grand Cru contains 50% whole bunch fruit this year, after half the vineyard (three parcels) was decimated by frost. It has a very elegant bouquet that takes time to unfold in the glass: blackberry, raspberry, wild hedgerow, wet stone and a touch of graphite. The palate is medium-bodied with fine grain tannin, leaning more toward red fruit than black, well balanced with a fine line of acidity and a grainy, structured finish. " -Neal Martin

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

Pinot Noir
Trapet owns 1.85 hectares in this Grand Cru vineyard
Gravely/Marl top soil with 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


  • Pair With

    Drink with Red Meat

  • Sweetness


  • Body

    Light Bodied