2019 Domaine Rossignol-Trapet En Primeur
As we said in a thank you note for Rossignol-Trapet's 2019 vintage cask samples, "the tasting could only have been better had it been at the domaine itself"! This is our favourite domaine in the Côte de Nuits and we are always in awe of the purity and classicism of the wines. In 2019, they still had that essence, but with additional generous and in some cases "ebullient" fruit (to use Neal Martin's phrase).
Brothers Nicolas and David Rossignol have run the domaine in Gevrey since 1990, but their father originally hailed from Volnay and they still have vineyard holdings in Beaune. Even in warmer vintages, the wines emphasise freshness and balancing acidity, with the wines often showing red as well as black fruit aromas.
The brothers were amongst the pioneers of biodynamics (working this way for nearly twenty years) and the wines have the characteristic 'energy' which we experience so often at biodynamic estates.
Each year, tasting their grand cru wines is a highlight and 2019 was no exception, despite our tasting in Aldeburgh rather than Gevrey! To be crude and talk about points for a moment, it is worth noting that Neal Martin scores the Chapelle-Chambertin 94-96 points, compared with 91-93 points for Armand Rousseau's Charmes-Chambertin. The Gevrey-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes scores 86-88 points, the exact same score as Rousseau's.
Points do neither wine justice, but they do shed light on some of the idiosyncrasies of market prices for the most sought-after burgundies. In short, Rossignol-Trapet's wines are undervalued and you should snap them up.
Offered en primeur, landing autumn 2021.
Prices are ex-VAT per case of 12 bottles, unless otherwise advised. DP = duty-paid ex-London. IB = under bond ex-London.
|Red||2019||Rossignol-Trapet - Gevrey Chambertin Clos Prieur 1er cru||75cl||£380 per case of 6||IB|
Impenetrable on the nose but it still transports you to Burgundy with some miner... Read more
Impenetrable on the nose but it still transports you to Burgundy with some mineral aromas and predominantly red fruits. The palate is the opposite, open and intense with some smoky, meaty character. The wine evolves on the palate rather than exploding, with great elegance. RKL "The 2019 Gevrey-Chambertin Clos Prieur 1er Cru came across more closed than the domaine’s other Premier crus, light chalk dust scents permeating the red berry fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with a very smooth texture, more compact and denser than expected but displaying a verticality that will appease those who like "cool," understated Pinot Noir rather than opulence. I suspect it will age extremely well. 2023-2040. 91-93 points." Neal Martin, Vinous.com, Dec 2020 Close
|Red||2019||Rossignol-Trapet - Gevrey Chambertin Petite Chapelle 1er cru||75cl||£380 per case of 6||IB|
More open than the Clos Prieur, big bold red fruit on the nose, but with big and... Read more
More open than the Clos Prieur, big bold red fruit on the nose, but with big and bold tannins, earthiness on the palate and a fine-grained texture, lots of complexity and excellent length. The Clos Prieur is easier to grasp at this stage but this may have more complexity in the long run. RKL "The 2019 Gevrey-Chambertin Petite Chapelle 1er Cru is another cuvée that boasts impressive transparency on the nose of ebullient red berry fruit mixed with graphite and light undergrowth aromas. The palate is well balanced with fine-grained tannins and edgy red berry fruit laced with graphite, segueing toward a persistent finish that leaves residues of allspice and clove. Excellent. 2024-2040. 92-94 points." Neal Martin, Vinous.com, Dec 2020 Close
|Red||2019||Rossignol-Trapet - Gevrey Chambertin Vieilles Vignes||75cl||£180 per case of 6||IB|
Smoky, deep and open on the nose, red and blue fruits, raspberry, kirsch, herbal... Read more
Smoky, deep and open on the nose, red and blue fruits, raspberry, kirsch, herbal and very intense. A superb start. On the palate, soft tannins very fruit-forward, perhaps without quite the length of earlier vintages, but the tannins will likely develop. A tad less elegant on the finish than in other years but that is easy to forgive when there is so much generosity! RKL "The 2019 Gevrey-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes comes from vines up to 85 years old. It has a sensual bouquet of brambly red fruit, undergrowth and light truffle aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannins, moderate acidity and decent length. What is missing is a little tension and precision on the finish compared to other vintages. 2023-2030. 86-88 points." Neal Martin, Vinous.com, Dec 2020 Close