Domaine Trapet weighs in amongst the greatest names in Burgundy, its prestige and global cachet cementing it among the foremost producers. Indeed, over the last decade its critical acclaim places it among the highest scoring of any leading Estate. As such, we are delighted to offer a first tranche allocation of their world beating Chambertin from the 2017 vintage, which has just been released by the Estate. In 2017 it is among the highest scoring wines of the vintage, with a brilliant 95-97 points from Neal Martin of Vinous Media, who describes it as having an ‘exquisite bouquet: blackberry, briary, crushed stone and light violet aromas that gently unfold in the glass… an almost effervescent finish that leaves the mouth tingling.’ He goes on to conclude ‘it is Completely gorgeous and maybe a little profound? Maybe very profound? It is a brilliant wine from one of the appellation’s most exciting growers.’
The score promises to match its highest ever, the 97 scoring 2015, which trades today at £2,850 per case of six, while besting the 93-95 scoring 2016 and the 96+ 2010, priced at £2,800. Our release price today is £2,150 per case of six or 3x150cl cases at £2,170. Trapet Chambertin is unquestionably one of the wines of the 2017 vintage, highly sought after. Its 95-97 points puts it on par with Domaine Georges Roumier Musigny and Chambolle-Musigny Les Amoureuses 1er Cru, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti and Rousseau Clos St.Jacques. It is only beaten by Rousseau Chambertin, Clos de Tart and Grivot Richebourg, which were awarded 96-98 and are estimated to release far higher. We have a very small parcel to allocate, for a wine that will sell out instantly.
In addition, we are thrilled to be able to offer access to their other leading Grand Cru plot, the brilliant Latricieres-Chambertin. In 2017 this leading Grand Cru is extremely appealing, awarded 94-96 from Martin, who says ‘very fine tannin and a supremely well-judged line of acidity that makes this Grand Cru feel so natural and refined. This is a rare case of a sensual Latricières in the making. Bon vin!’ We are pleased to be able to offer it today on release for £1,345 per case of six, for what must be considered potentially their finest ever and the joint highest scoring in the 2017 vintage.
A word on the Grand Cru vineyard Latricieres-Chambertin, which produces among the most elegant and refined terroirs. Chambertin and Clos de Beze take the accolades in Gevrey-Chambertin, yet Latricieres is, along with Ruchottes, the next in line, though often flying under the radar. Latricieres is found above Charmes Chambertin, alongside Chambertin and Clos de Beze, immediately south of Chambertin and therefore benefiting from very similar terroir and aspect. Heading further south one arrives at Clos de la Roche. Latricieres also benefits in hot years from the nearby forest and Combe which helps cool it, explaining its stunning elegance, wonderful expression of terroir and why it never becomes over jammy. There are 12 owners and Trapet has around 0.764 ha, a prize plot which embodies the best of the terroir. This goes a long way to explaining how it can produce one of the highest scores of the campaign yet offering something slightly different to Chambertin and Clos de Beze. It retains much of their power and muscle yet has its own subtle elegance which makes it an unsung hero and a Grand Cru plot for those in the know. Along with Leroy, Trapet reigns here. In fact, in 2017 Trapet Latricieres-Chambertin has received the same score as Rousseau Chambertin Clos de Beze.
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. He is seen as one of the visionary leaders in biodynamic viticulture in Burgundy. 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) and Neal Martin have consistently recognised the strength of this Domaine. Taken together these are two of the finest must own wines of 2017 and we are delighted to offer them subject to availability.
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