2015 Domaine Trapet Père et Fils Gevrey-Chambertin (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1324186 90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Gevrey-Chambertin Village has a slightly backward nose at first that demanded some encouragement from the glass, eventually offering attractive scents of blackberry, briary and cold stone. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp tannin. I appreciate the freshness here, and it gathers pace towards the finish with crunchy black fruit that seem to revel in their terroir. This is a well-crafted Gevrey-Chambertin from J-L Trapet. The 2015s that I tasted at Domaine J-L Trapet were without question, the best I had ever tasted at this address. Maybe it was one of those occasions whereby I fought to keep my excitement disguised behind my poker face. I tasted down in the cellars, switched on my laptop as usual. "There is no wifi connection down here thank God," Jean-Louis Trapet forewarned as I automatically connected onto the TWA software system. "The picking date was very important in 2015. It rained on the Sunday 12 September. We started picking on the Monday 6 September and picked everything before the rain. We had a big team of pickers and managed to harvest right at optimal maturity. I used a minimum of 50% whole bunch for all the cuvées, around 80-90% for the grand crus. We will rack in February for bottling in April." As one of the most ardent biodynamic winemakers, Jean-Louis' wines tend to wear their heart of their sleeves, reflecting their terroir and growing season for good, and it has to be said, occasionally not so good. However, his 2015s are brilliant wines  (12/2016)

90 points John Gilman

 The 2015 Gevrey AC chez Trapet is another wine that is the spitting image of a young 1990 red Burgundy and it is lovely in this style. The bouquet is deep, pure and sappy, offering up a blend of red and black cherries, grilled meats, black minerality, woodsmoke and a topnote of bitter chocolate. On the palate the wine is plush, full-bodied and sappy at the core, with lovely soil signature, suave tannins and excellent focus and grip on the very long and classy finish. Village wines do not get a lot better than this bottle! 2016-2035+.  (1/2017)

Allen Meadows - Burghound

 (from Les Cercueils, Jouise, Clos Prieur Bas and Les Crais). A more complex and more floral-inflected nose features notes of fresh and relatively elegant aromas of both red and dark currant, earth and forest floor. I very much like the mouthfeel of the lightly mineral-inflected medium weight flavors that are at once seductive yet precise, all wrapped in an equally complex, persistent, youthfully austere and well-balanced finish. Worth considering. 2023+  (1/2018)

Vinous

 Bright medium red. A bit riper and more chocolatey than the Marsannay on the nose. Then dense and sweet but tighter on the palate, with currant and spice flavors conveying an element of chocolate/mocha torrefaction. More imploded than the Marsannay and in need of a couple years in bottle to fill in. (ST)  (1/2018)

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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.
Country:

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.
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.
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.