La Revue du Vin de France – 94
First vintage for 1859, cuvée which comes from the En Dérée plot. Quite spicy and spherical, this juicy and peppery wine has slightly more raised tannins.
John Gilman – 93
This is a new bottling from Domaine Trapet, which was bottled on its own in this vintage on the one hundred and sixtieth anniversary of the parcel’s purchase by the first generation of Trapet vignerons in Gevrey in 1859. The vines here today are all in excess of fifty years of age. The wine has a special label and is sealed with green wax to make it easy to spot on the shelf (where I guarantee it will not stay long!). The wine is absolutely stellar in 2019, offering up outstanding purity in its aromatic constellation of cherries, red plums, pigeon, beautiful spice tones of fresh nutmeg and cardamom (from whole clusters), woodsmoke, a dollop of fresh thyme and a deft foundation of vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is elegant, full-bodied, focused and suavely tannic, with excellent acids for the vintage, a plush core of red fruit, beautiful soil inflection, fine-grained tannins and a long, complex and seamlessly balanced finish. This is premier cru quality without a doubt in 2019; I hope the Trapet family continues to make this bottling every year, as it is a stellar new addition to their lineup! 2027-2075.