Trapet and Chambertin – two words that for 100 years have been closely linked together by the Trapet family’s important ownership of vines in this mighty grand cru.
Arthur Trapet decided to buy his first plot of Chambertin in May 1919, and this holding was later expanded to become the largest in the Chambertin vineyard.
Let’s take a closer look at the Trapet Chambertin.
Trapet in Gevrey-Chambertin
While the Trapet family today is very closely associated with the Gevrey appellation, the family originates from the Dauphiné, later moving to Burgundy (Chambolle Musigny), where Louis Trapet was born in 1846. Louis Trapet did, however, meet a girl from Gevrey-Chambertin – Marie Raillard (1846-1933) – and moved to Gevrey-Chambertin in 1871, thus beginning the family’s presence in the village.
Louis’s son Arthur Trapet (1872-1940) began the family’s journey into wine by purchasing vineyards, starting with Chapelle-Chambertin in 1892, Clos Prieur in 1893, Latricieres Chambertin in 1904, du Champérrier in 1913 and finally Chambertin in 1919.
Arthur Trapet was married to Marie Mirbel (1874-1923), and they had a son Louis Trapet (1904 – 1992), who in 1933 married Renée Charle. Louis Trapet expanded the family business, speaking English and doing business with Alexis Lichine – one of the most prominent names in the wine world in those days.
Louis Trapet had two children: a son Jean Trapet (1933 – ) and a daughter Mado, who married Jacques Rossignol. The Trapet estate continued to grow until 1989, but in the end the estate was divided in two, and Jean-Louis Trapet, the son of Jean Trapet and his wife Christine Régnier (1940- ), took over the Domaine Jean Trapet part when the division was completed in 1990.
Jean-Louis Trapet was born in 1965 and is the current man on the bridge, running this important and now biodynamic estate. Jean-Louis married Andrée Greyer in 1988, just in time to assume the reins of the estate in 1990. Andrée Greyer and Jean-Louis Trapet today run a second family estate in Alsace as well – also named Trapet.
Jean-Louis Trapet is one of the most dedicated biodynamic winemakers in the region, and measured by his certifications, the domaine is the most organically committed estate in Burgundy. Jean-Louis Trapet holds both the Demeter and a Biodyvin biodynamic certification, as well as an organic Agriculture Biologique certification as the basis for the Biodyvin certification.
The estate has been working biodynamically since 1996 and was certified in 2009, so 20 years of knowledge has been accumulated at this estate, giving Jean-Louis a great insight into these practices.
I believe that biodynamic viticulture influences both the quality and style of the wines … although it’s difficult to both explain – and especially to prove – this scientifically.
Some wines – particularly for me organic and biodynamic wines – have a certain inner energy and tension that enhance the feeling of balance, detail and refinement in a zen-like way.
The wines from Jean-Louis Trapet have this airy inner balance and tension, and while some of wines “glow” more than others, I do feel that he has taken things to a much higher level during the last 5 to 10 years, and deserves to be mentioned among the very top names of the appellation.
The Jean Trapet holdings on Chambertin
The Trapet holdings in Chambertin were initiated by Arthur Trapet in 1919 – just in time to get on the list of Chambertin owners in Rodier 1920 – see below.
You need to login as a Premium subscriber to read the rest of this article. If you are not a Premium subscriber, use the subscribe function and sign-up.
- Terroir Insight: Domaine Jean Trapet Chambertin Trapet and Chambertin – two words that for 100 years have been closely linked together by the Trapet family’s important ownership of vines in this mighty grand cru. Arthur Trapet decided to buy his first plot of Chambertin in May 1919, and this holding was later expanded to become the largest in the Chambertin vineyard. Let’s take a ...
- Tasting of some 2015s .. how are they doing? The Danish Burgundy importer Vinrosen offer a large range of fine Burgundy wines – and their annual vintage tasting is therefore a great opportunity to visit a vintage – or should I say re-visit ,, and taste the wines from bottle. Impressions red 2015s The reds 2015s are showing their best and most balanced side. They are ...
- Visit Domaine Trapet – Tasting the 2016s from cask I was ready and looking forward – my second visit of Domaine Trapet – and my last visit of the November 2017 tour of Burgundy. A great pleasure to visit Jean-Louis Trapet, as he is one of visionary frontrunners of biodynamic viticulture in Burgundy. For further background see my article from the visit last year when ...
- Vineyard Insight: Latricières-Chambertin The Gevrey-Chambertin appellation is large with quite a lot of rather large Grand Crus generously allocated when the current classification was established. Not all plots of the Gevrey Grand Crus are of high standard, and yet still they are famous in the Burgundy world where names like Charmes Chambertin and Mazis Chambertin have a great ...
- Visit Domaine Trapet – Tasting the 2015s from cask I have been following the progress of Domaine Trapet over the years, and when I tasted the 2010s I got really exited and thrilled by the airy lightness that had entered the character of the wines. Not to be specific .. this could have happened at any point a few vintages earlier – but what I ...
- Matching the big crus – from Chambolle to Le Chambertin One rarely taste four evenly matched grand crus from the top end on a saturday afternoon. This was nevertheles the case today when Clos de Tart, Bonnes Mares from Vogüé and Roumier were opened with the Chambertin from Trapet. All wines were from the 2013 vintage .. young – surprisingly open and forward on this fine ...
- WineHog rating system – more than points My aim with the Winehog is unchanged, but I have for some time wanted a stronger focus on the hedonistic pleasure and simple enjoyment of drinking Burgundies. I have therefore adjusted my mission statement: “My mission is to help readers find more joy and hedonistic pleasure in Burgundy wines; to help them understand the terroirs and ...