2012 Gevrey Chambertin Vieilles Vignes, Domaine Rossignol-Trapet

Vintage Description

On this occasion I met with Nicolas who runs the cellar while his brother David was in the vineyard. The spring was really challenging and was only matched by that of 2013. Cold, wet and horrible until the middle of July and thereafter it became warmer and drier until harvest on the 26th September. They had to cope with hail in Beaune, sunburn in the Côte de Nuits, terrible flowering for the old vines, mildew on the Bourgogne Rouge - but at least no rot! Despite the trying conditions in 2012 there was very little work required on the table de tri as the remaining fruit was in such great condition.

Neal Martin - erobertparker.com, Dec 2013; I remember visiting Domaine Rossignol-Trapet on my very first foray into Burgundy in 1997 and having followed their wines closely ever since, it was good to return, albeit briefly, to taste through their 2012s. During that period, the biggest change has been David and Nicolas Rossignol's conversion to biodynamics in 2004, a process that was being trialed during that first visit. They told me that they have fine-tuned their vinification in accordance, for example, using less pigeage than they once did, and this has resulted in a finer, more nuanced set of wines in recent years. Here, the harvest commenced on 27 September and finished on 4 October. Hail reduced their Beaune vineyards' production by around 20% and their older vines suffered millerandage, though they found that the premier crus held up fine. I have always felt that their wines are a little under-rated by cognoscenti. While over the road, Denis Bachelet has perhaps unintentionally propagated a zealous, almost feverish following for his wines, Rossignol-Trapet perhaps has a more commercial bent and that used to be reflected in their good, but rarely great wines. Yet in the last three or vintages, so they have fine-tuned their style: ratcheted up a few levels towards, if not equal to that of Denis Bachelet and the village's top tier of producers. Time to give these fine wines another look if you have not done so recently.


Tasting Notes

Deep ruby, violet blue rim. The palate has lovely density and a broad, silky texture. The tannins are rounded and this has lovely length - nothing rustic or extracted here - real finesse.


Vineyard Information

The word ??gevrey? comes from ??Gibriacus? which means keeper of goats. Basically this land was so inhospitable that the only things that could thrive were goats. It was perfect for vines which were planted here from the 1st century AD. The word Chambertin, best field in the village, was joined to Gevrey in 1847. Gevrey-Chambertin was the first village to affix the name of its top vineyard. The blending and bottling of these wines from different parcels gives a unique and classique cuvée of Gevrey-Chambertin for Domaine ROSSIGNOL-TRAPET, each vineyard adding its own character.


Colour Red Origin France
Region Burgundy Red ABV 13.00%
Drink From 2015 Drink To 2026
Special occasion, Fine Wine, Wine for the Cellar

£450.00per 12 bottles

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