2005 Domaine Trapet Chambertin Grand Cru

SKU #1326879 96 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 A brooding but fresh nose trimmed in a bit of wood spice offers positively gorgeous aromatic breadth and merges into intense, well muscled and very focused full-bodied and overtly powerful flavors that are concentrated and very firmly structured yet the structure is almost completely buffered by the buckets of extract that confer an almost velvety quality to the hugely long finish. This is still very primary and will require the better part of two decades to really be arrive at its full potential. A seriously impressive Cham that is brilliantly balanced. Wow!  (1/2008)

94-96 points John Gilman

 The 2005 Trapet Chambertin is outstanding and a great wine in the making. The bouquet is deep and pure, as it offers up a reserved, but nascently complex blend of red and black cherries, red plums, blood orange, grilled meats, coffee, minerals and vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, powerful and seamless, with great elegance, a rock solid core of fruit, fine-grained, but substantial tannins, zesty acidity, and stunning length and grip on the finish. This is a wine that carries its oak effortlessly. It will be approachable quite a bit earlier than my projected window of drinkability, but I would very much try to bury it and let it fully reach its glorious apogee.  (6/2009)

95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Good deep red. Sappy, deep aromas of raspberry and smoked meat; this could only be from Gevrey-Chambertin. Large-scaled, rich and sweet, but with no impression of excess weight to its sappy, mineral-driven flavors. Wonderfully silky, round and deep. This shifts to an even higher gear on the back end, which features an explosion of sweet fruits, suave tannins and great rising, palate-staining length. Has the structure and impeccable balance for a long and glorious evolution in bottle. (ST) 95+  (5/2008)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The Trapet 2005 Chambertin comes from three (I am told) geologically distinct parcels. Bitter-sweet cherry, anisette, and mocha scent the nose. In the mouth this is undeniably expansive and rich, with complexities of gamey meatiness and humus mingling with its sweet berry fruit. Whether it is some negative synergy with the barrel or just the result of recent bottling, I find a slight sour streak in the finish. But a small (and hopefully fleeting) blemish can be easily hidden amid such folds of fruit, viscosity and abundant, fine-grained tannin as are on display . This is perfect for those who want a friendly bear of a Burgundy they can hug -- preferably in around ten years’ time. (DS) 93+  (4/2007)

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.
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France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of France.
Sub-Region:

Burgundy

- The province of eastern France, famous for its red wines produced from Pinot Noir and its whites produced from Chardonnay. (Small of amounts of Gamay and Aligoté are still grown, although these have to be labeled differently.) The most famous part of the region is known as the Côte d'Or (the Golden Slope). It is divided into the Côte de Beaune, south of the town of Beaune (famous principally for its whites), and the Côte de Nuits, North of Beaune (home of the most famous reds). In addition, the Côte Chalonnaise and the Mâconnais are important wine growing regions, although historically a clear level (or more) below the Côte d'Or. Also include by some are the regions of Chablis and Auxerrois, farther north. View our bestselling Burgundy.
Specific Appellation:

Gevrey Chambertin

- For many wine aficionados, Gevrey Chambertin is the northernmost end of the true Côte d'Or. The largest of all of the communes, it has 9 Grands Crus (Chambertin, Chambertin Clos de Bèze, Chapelle Chambertin, Charmes Chambertin, Griotte Chambertin, Latricieres Chambertin, Mazy Chambertin, Mazoyeres Chambertin and Ruchottes Chambertin). The best Premier Cru wines come form the vineyards nestled along a hill to the west of the village. The Grands Crus are planted in compacted limestone, while the soils in the rest of the village vary as to their clay content. If we are to characterize broadly, the wines are powerful, muscular and need time in the bottle to develop.