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January 26, 2018

Burgundy 2016 En Primeur: Domaine Jean et J L Trapet 2016

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Domaine Trapet weighs in amongst the biggest names in Burgundy, its prestige and global cachet is growing every year and it sells out many times over on release. Over the last decade its critical acclaim places it among the highest scoring of any leading Estate. Last year we released Trapet Chambertin 2015 at £1,265, having been scored 95-97 from the Wine Advocate and 93-96 from Burghound. Since then it has been awarded 97 points from Burghound and has risen 58% in a year to £2,000. As ever this places it along with the best plots of DRC, Armand Rousseau, Roumier and Leroy, yet at a fraction of the price. We have been championing Domaine Trapet since 2011 as a great Estate to collect, at the time the average six pack price of Trapet Chambertin was £750, today this has risen 86% to £1,400.

In 2016 Domaine Trapet Chambertin has already been awarded 95-97 points from Neal Martin of the Wine Advocate, who points out just how little was made ‘The 2016 Chambertin Grand Cru contains 50% whole bunch fruit this year, after half the vineyard (three parcels) was decimated by frost.’ Trapet have 1.9 hectares in Chambertin, producing less than 600 cases a year on average, this year although undisclosed, could be as little as 300 cases. Burghound has awarded the 2016 93-96, mimicking last year’s score and saying, ‘This is seriously good and the density is such that this is pretty much a block of stone today. Patience, and a lot of it, isn’t going to be needed here but if you have it, this is potentially a great Chambertin.’  We are delighted to be able to offer a first tranche allocation today priced at £1,550 per case of six. The lowest current listing, outside of first tranche allocations is £1,970, where the secondary market is expected to start trading: this is a stunning offering, of one of the finest Grand Cru Burgundy’s on the market.

We are also delighted to be able to offer Domaine Trapet’s leading 1er Cru Alea. Trapet’s 1er Cru Alea is exceptional, as it is a blend of all their 1er Cru sites, Clos Prieur, Petite Chapelle, Combottes, Corbeaux and Ergot. It is only produced in vintages that have minuscule quantities and reflect the best of their 1er Cru and 2016 qualifies for this, with the lowest in a generation. In 2016, there were no other 1er Cru made by Trapet, which has not happened since 2012. This means Alea reflects only the finest grapes derived from the combined 1er Crus. It has incredible pedigree and priced today at £995 per case of 12, means that smart collectors can secure the combined brilliance of Trapet’s 1er Crus for £83 a bottle. Very little every appears on the market; securing it on release it essential.

In 1919 Arthur Trapet, the great, great grandfather of Jean-Louis bought his first parcel in Le Chambertin, a plot that today is considered to be among the finest. Today, Trapet Père et Fils makes up the other half of what was once the complete Trapet domaine, separating from Rossignol-Trapet in 1990. Since taking over, Jean-Loius Trapet has worked tirelessly to reduce yields, using old low yielding vine rootstocks, high density planting and biodynamic methods to create powerful balanced wines with great ageing potential.

Domaine Jean et J L Trapet Chambertin 2016, 6×75 – £1,550 IB

95-97 Points, Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate
“The 2016 Chambertin Grand Cru contains 50% whole bunch fruit this year, after half the vineyard (three parcels) was decimated by frost. It has a very elegant bouquet that takes time to unfold in the glass: blackberry, raspberry, wild hedgerow, wet stone and a touch of graphite. The palate is medium-bodied with fine grain tannin, leaning more toward red fruit than black, well balanced with a fine line of acidity and a grainy, structured finish. Classic Chambertin here and a great success considering the extent of the frost damage.”

93-96 Points, Burghound
“Reduction dominates at present. However there is excellent freshness and underlying tension to the superbly well-concentrated and intensely mineral drive big-bodied flavors that flash plenty of classic Chambertin muscle on the youthfully austere and very backward finish that is explosively long. This is seriously good and the density is such that this is pretty much a block of stone today. Patience, and a lot of it, ist going to be needed here but if you have it, this is potentially a great Chambertin.”

Trapet Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Alea 2016, 12×75 – £995 IB

90-93 Points, Burghound
“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.”

Highly Recommended Special Offer: One case of each for £2,500 IB

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