Domaine Trapet has for many years been at the forefront of pinot noir viticulture in Bourgogne, implementing biodynamic methods earlier than most.
Jean-Louis Trapet took biodynamics seriously – and to the next level – when other producers were less courageous and maintained traditional, old-school growing methods.
Now Jean-Louis’ sons Pierre and Louis are involved in the Trapet domaines in both Alsace and Bourgogne, and they are moving the inventive viticulture forward along with their father.
There are now three generations active at Domaine Trapet: Jean, a youngster born in 1933; Jean-Louis; and his two sons Pierre and Louis, who are in their mid-late 20s.
On my last visit, Jean-Louis showed me the new canopy-management system introduced by Pierre and Louis. This was exciting news, coming as it did hard on the heels of a visit to Charles Lachaux to see his innovations.
New canopy management – the first step
In the “test vineyard” behind the estate, Jean-Louis showed his Gobelet pruning and Paisseaux canopy (the Burgundian term for echalas, or single-stake, trellising). This is the work of the sons Pierre and Louis.
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