Domaine Trapet Pere et Fils, Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Alea, 2016

$149.99
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Alea is a blend from several top sites, including some with 100+ year old viness. It is a stand-out in Trapet's always impressive line-up.
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Domaine Trapet Pere et Fils

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

Burghound

BH 90-93 January 2018
"A more elegant and more floral-suffused nose reflects notes of both earth and dark berries with a hint of the sauvage lurking in the background. There is similarly good volume and mid-palate density to the delicious, round and relatively supple medium weight flavors that contrast markedly with the very firm, powerful and ever-so-slightly rustic finale. This is really very good and the rusticity may well age out. " -Allen Meadows

Antonio Galloni

AG 90-92 January 2018
"(the yield here was just 15 hectoliters per hectare, according to Jean-Louis Trapet): Good bright medium red. Deeper on the nose than the preceding village wines, offering aromas of plum, currant, roast coffee and cocoa. Graceful, fine-grained wine, offering very good depth, intriguing saline minerality and noteworthy precision. More floral than herbal. The persistent finish features a subtle sweetness and suave tannins that saturate the sides of the tongue. This will be Trapet's only premier cru bottling from the 2016 vintage. " -Stephen Tenzer

Details

  • Country

    France

  • Region

    Burgundy

  • Grape Variety

    Pinot Noir

  • Vintage

    2016

  • Size

    750ml

  • Farming Practice

    Biodynamic

  • Pair With

    Drink with Red Meat

  • Sweetness

    Dry

  • Body

    Light Bodied