2015 Domaine Trapet Père et Fils Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru "Petite Chapelle" (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1324190 93 points John Gilman

 The 2015 Petite Chapelle from Jean-Louis Trapet is a stunning wine, and there was a twinkle in his eye when Jean-Louis noted “that the wine is more than fourteen percent alcoholall natural- this year!” This was the last parcel picked in 2015, with the berries very small and the wine has great depth of fruit and a grand cru presence on the palate. The bouquet is a gorgeous blend of red and black cherries, dark chocolate, grilled meats, woodsmoke, a very complex base of soil and a deft framing of vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and sappy at the core, with superb soil inflection, fine-grained, seamless tannins, lovely focus and grip and a very long, totally cool and classy finish. There are a few more higher octane reds in 2015 that are absolutely perfect in their balance, as is the 2015 Petite Chapelle, and how this is possible I have no idea! This wine will be approachable after a few years, but it really deserves a decade of bottle age to allow it to fully blossom and start to hit on all cylinders. 2025-2065.  (1/2017)

92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 A discreet but not invisible dose of wood does not detract from the purity of the elegant and airy array of red currant, rose petal, lavender and forest floor scents. There is first-rate tension and delineation to the more obviously mineral-driven middle weight flavors that culminate in a firm, linear and driving finish. This is a classy Petite Chapelle that is built-to-age and will need at least 7 to 8 years and should amply repay 12 to 15. 2027+  (1/2018)

91 points Vinous

 Bright medium red. More complex on the nose than the foregoing samples, with lovely perfumed scents of musky raspberry and dried flowers. Dense and seamless on the palate, with mouth-saturating sweetness to its flavors of raspberry and currant. This wine, made from very ripe grapes, struck me as a bit heavy when I tasted it in late 2016 but today it comes across as distinctly firmer and rather stylish, thanks to ripe acidity and a fine dusting of tannins--not to mention underlying minerality. Trapet vinified this wine entirely with whole clusters, and that may also have contributed energy. (ST)  (1/2018)

88-90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Petite Chapelle had a high potential alcohol, as apparently the stems absorbed some of the alcohol during alcoholic fermentation, although since then it has dropped to around 13.3°. It has a more open knit bouquet than the other 2015s from Trapet and for me, it does not quite deliver the same level of finesse and focus. The palate is better with attractive crunchy black fruit. It feels quite strict and linear, although cuts away swiftly on the finish. Does this Petite Chapelle have more to give down the line? Maybe it will catch up with its impressive 2015 siblings with time in bottle.(NM)  (12/2016)

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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.


- 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.


- 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.
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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.