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Domaine Trapet Père et Fils Gevrey-Chambertin "Ostrea" 2014
- Great Domaines
all ratings out of 100 points.
"Here too there is whiff of stem influence to the more complex mix of both red and dark currant, pungent earth and plenty of sauvage character. The admirably concentrated and intensely mineral-inflected middle weight flavors possess excellent definition while delivering first-rate persistence on the palate coating finish that is shaped by dense but fine tannins. This virtually always delivers high quality for its level and the 2014 version is no exception though I underscore that up to a decade of patience will be required." - Allen Meadows, burghound.com
100% Pinot Noir
40% new oak for 15 - 18 months
Vineyards & vinification:
An unfiltered wine, vinified from grapes grown on 99 year old vines.
With vines planted as far back as 1913, Domaine Trapet has firmly established itself as one of the great traditional estates in the Burgundian village of Gevrey-Chambertin. Jean-Louis met and married Andrée, a wine grower from Alsace and together they own top vineyards in both Alsace and Burgundy. Their quality is consistent with wine critics and lovers praising this husband and wife team as a force to be reckoned with.
Jean-Louis Trapet has taken a departure from antiquated agricultural practices, and is recognised as one of the producers at the forefront of the biodynamic movement. Ploughing is used instead of herbicides, and Trapet has placed a strict ban on the use of any chemical insecticides.
This natural approach protects the natural quality of the clay and limestone soils. Harvest is completely manual, only the finest fruit survives the sorting process, which starts by hand in the vineyard, before a second sorting in the cellar. Up to 50% of bunches will remain intact during maceration and fermentation.
Jean-Louis’ philosophy to winemaking is wonderfully humble. He sees himself not as winemaker, but rather as a mere link in the chain between the various steps of the process: “I do not make the wine, my work is only to look after the vineyards. They do not belong to me, I am merely looking after them for my children. Hopefully I can present them with something greater than what was there before.”
We experienced this rustic approach first hand while hosting him on a recent visit to South Africa. Presenting a tasting at the Saxon hotel in Sandton, he was being checked into his suite at the hotel. The bellhop was just about to explain the operation of the TV, before Jean-Louis stopped him and said: “Don’t worry about that, we don’t have a TV.”
Jean-Louis makes wines that are focussed on fruit, expressive of the terroir and display a vigorous attention to detail.