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Domaine Trapet Pere et Fils, Gevrey-Chambertin Capita 1er Cru, 2019

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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

Burghound

BH 93
"Discreet but perceptible wood frames the ripe essence of plum, red and dark cherry, violet and a touch of violet. There is equally good energy to the suave, round and richer medium-bodied flavors that possess a sophisticated mouthfeel thanks to the relatively fine-grained tannins shaping the serious, firm, and firmly austere, finale. Patience advised." -Allen Meadows

Antonio Galloni

AG 94
"The 2019 Gevrey-Chambertin "Capita" does not disguise the whole-bunch addition, just like the Petite-Chapelle; no surprise, given that it is 100%. There is an intensity on the nose, which presents strong undergrowth aromas, black truffles and a touch of blood orange. The palate is medium-bodied with grippy tannins and good structure, though there I find a little more clarity and transparency on the Petite-Chapelle at the moment. Nevertheless, this is a seriously fine Gevrey-Chambertin that should give 20+ years of drinking pleasure." -Vinous

Robert Parker

RP 95
"The 2019 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Capita is the usual blend of fruit from the premiers crus En Ergot, Corbeaux and Combottes, supplemented by a visual selection of small-berried clusters from Petite Chapelle and Clos Prieur, though Trapet notes that this may be the cuvée's swan song, as his sons are keen to vinify these parcels separately. Wafting from the glass with scents of cassis, dark berries, peonies, raw cocoa and spices, it's medium to full-bodied, velvety and layered, with terrific concentration, lively acids and an elegantly complete profile. Concentrated but beautifully refined, it's a fabulous wine in the making." -Robert Parker

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

VINTAGE
2019
BOTTLE SIZES
750 ML
COUNTRY
France
REGION
Burgundy
APPELLATION
Gevrey-Chambertin
WINE TYPE
Red
VARIETALS
Pinot Noir
ORGANIC
Certified
BIODYNAMIC
Certified
VINEYARD
A blend of Premier Cru sites En Ergot, Combottes, Petite Chapelle and Clos Prieur
SOIL
Clay/limestone
VITICULTURE
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
Vinification with traditional methods, open vat fermentation using native yeasts, 30% stem inclusion and minimal use of sulpher.
AGING
The wine is aged in French barriques of which 30-75% is new depending on vintage.

Details

  • Grape Variety

    Pinot Noir

  • Vintage

    2019

  • Size

    750ml

  • Farming Practice

    Biodynamic

  • Sweetness

    Dry

  • Body

    Medium Bodied

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