The First Vintage: A 1859 made in 2019
Trapet Père et Fils: Vintage 2019
“While there is a lot of higher alcohol, baked fruit types of reds to be found in the 2019 vintage, one will not find any wines of that sort under the Trapet family’s roof, as their 2019s are among the finest red wines to be found anywhere in this vintage. The wines are uniformly more red fruity in profile than is generally the case with the Trapet family’s superb 2020s, but the 2019s are loaded with personality, plenty of soil signature, svelte, beautifully refined palate impressions and suave structural chassis that will allow them to age long and gracefully- often while providing some early accessibility at the lower level appellations. Domaine Trapet has been on quite a hot streak for the last decade or two and these 2019s clearly confirm that this is one of the very, very finest addresses to be found anywhere in the Côte de Nuits!“
– John Gilman – View from the Cellar
“Continued the pattern of recent vintages in that they’re hot and dry and because the vegetative cycle begins seemingly earlier each year, the risk of early season frost has become almost a given. 2019 would be no exception as it too began early due to an unseasonably warm winter but unlike other recent vintages, we managed to avoid any significant frost damage. We picked from the 17th to the 22nd of September and the ripe and super-clean fruit made it easy to harvest quickly. We used between 30 and 60% whole clusters and vinified relatively softly so as to avoid extracting too much tannin. And this was easy to do as the skins were so thick and ripe that it almost seemed like the extractions managed themselves! As to the vintage style, I love the 2019s for their elegance, transparency and energy. It’s a vintage with grace, even class, that should age on its beautiful balance.”
– Jean-Louis Trapet the winemaker
2019 is the first vintage of the Cuvée 1859, which is made from another parcel of old vines in the Champs Perrier of Gevrey-Chambertin. This plot of vines holds special significance for the family, as it was the first one they purchased upon their move to Gevrey from Chambolle. In 1995 it was converted to Biodynamics by Andrée. To commemorate the 160th anniversary of this parcel, the family bottled the wine on its own in the 2019 vintage and it has received such positive feedback that it will now become a permanent addition to their collection. This wine features a unique label and is sealed with green wax, making it easy to spot on the shelves.