Trapet Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos Prieur 2011

Trapet Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos Prieur 2011 (Biodynamic)

Trapet Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos Prieur 2011

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The Premier Cru site of Clos Prieur is located just south of the village and slightly down slope from Mazis-Chambertin. The average vine age is 50 years with Southeast orientation on clay/limestone soil. The vineyard is farmed using biodynamic practices and all grapes are harvested by hand, sorted once in the vineyard and again at the winery. Up to 10% of the crop may be rejected. The vinification is with traditional methods, open vat fermentation using native yeasts, 30% stem inclusion and minimal use of sulpher. The wine is aged in French barriques of which 30-75% is new depending on vintage. Only 125 cases are produced.

Clos Prieur Premier Cru wines are significantly lighter and less concentrated, displaying silky red fruit characters and good balance. Vines in the Clos Prieur climat sit atop pebbly soils with a high proportion of clay-limestone, a terroir that is particularly well suited to Pinot Noir. Effective drainage in the porous subsoil means that vines are never swamped, and have to work hard for the water that is stored in the soil. As a result, the vines produce small, concentrated berries that translate into high-quality wines. The walled vineyard was once owned by the Prieure de Cluny, an abbey in the area.

Domaine Trapet Pere et Fils is one of the greatest estates of Gevrey-Chambertin, with superb holdings in three of the top grand crus in the village and a legacy of great wines that dates back to their earliest days of estate bottling. While the family have been important vineyard owners in Gevrey-Chambertin since 1870, it was not until the 1960s that they began to bottle a majority of their production and offer their wines directly for sale to clients. Previously they had been one of the finest sources for top negociants in the region, including Maison Leroy and Maison Joseph Drouhin. By the late 1920s, Domaine Trapet had become one of the most important vineyard owners in all of Burgundy, as they were the single largest owner in the great vineyard of Chambertin at this time, as well as owning very large tracts of Latricieres-Chambertin and Chapelle-Chambertin.

As was the fashion at many top estates in the 1990s, Jean-Louis used quite a bit of new wood for his top wines at that time, but has moved to using dramatically less starting in the early 2000s and is now making some of the greatest wines in Burgundy today. The vineyards have been fully farmed under biodynamic principles since 1996, and are 100% certified biodynamic as of 2009. While the estate is best known for its three great grand crus, the quality at Domaine Trapet Pere et Fils is simply outstanding up and down the hierarchy of their vineyard holdings. Their Bourgogne rouge is one of the best in Burgundy. The domaine also makes an outstanding example of Gevrey-Chambertin Villages, and an impressive lineup of premier crus to augment their portfolio. Trapet is certainly in the top eshelon of producers wines in Gevrey-Chambertin. Like the man himself, there is an elegence, grace and purity to the wines that is haunting and rare in Gevrey. He is again creating the soil-driven and absolutely pure wines of his father and grandfather?????s era. These are aristocratic interpretations of some of Gevrey?????s greatest terroirs, with an emphasis on pure red plum and black cherry fruit, notes of grilled meat, cocoa powder, lovely soil tones and a judicious framing of new wood.

91-93 pts Vinous
The 2011 Gevrey-Chambertin Clos Prieur is striking. A wine that seems to bring together the best of the other Gevrey 1ers, the Clos Prieur impresses for its expressive aromatics, beautifully layered fruit and impeccably balance. This gracious, mid-weight Gevrey hits all the right notes.











Pinot Noir