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December 07, 2012

Domaine Trapet Père et Fils

Trapet-Chambertin

Prices for Grand Cru Burgundy are rising, fueled by low yields, tiny productions and an ever increasing global demand. Prices from the very best plots, such as Chambertin are becoming stratospheric, with Rousseau’s 2009 Chambertin already trading above £10,000 a case, while his 2009 Chambertin Clos de Beze, which received 96 points, is exchanging hands for £12,000 per 12 bottle case. The fact that one of the wines of the vintage, Trapet’s Chambertin 2009, still trades at £1,100 per half case means that it has incredible upside potential and looks extremely undervalued.

A bit of History on Domaine Trapet Père et Fils

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. This hard work has seen rewards throughout their vineyard plots, which include Chapelle-Chambertin, Latriceieres-Chambertin and the very special Chambertin which combines a top soil of white-marl, limestone, and a gentle incline providing wonderful drainage. In recent years Allen Meadows (Burghound) has consistently recognised the strength of this domaine and its popularity is increasing very quickly, selling out of the 2009 and 2010 immediately in the UK market.

Trapet Chambertin 2009: A relatively high-toned nose that is cool, restrained and notably more floral offers up notes of stone, game, underbrush, humus and a noble vegetal note on the red cherry and cassis suffused nose. The intensely mineral-driven and vibrant flavors possess real muscle and drive continue onto the very firm, palate staining and youthfully austere finish. Like the Latricières, this fantastic effort will best suit the patient as this is very unlikely to develop quickly. In short, this is a knockout. Allen Meadows, Burghound.

Domaine Trapet is one of our favorite Burgundy producers both for capital growth and quality, it has excellent upside potential and fantastic ageing potential.