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2019 Domaine Rossignol-Trapet, Gevrey-Chambertin

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"!  In 2019, the witnes maintained their essential purity and classicism, but with additional generous, and in some cases "ebullient" fruit (to use Neal Martin's phrase).

 

 

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.

Domaine Rossignol-Trapet, Gevrey-Chambertin

Producer Profile

Domaine Rossignol-Trapet, Gevrey-Chambertin

This is our favourite domaine in the Côte de Nuits and we are always in awe of the purity and classicism of the wines.  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 of our tastings in Burgundy.

 

RED 2019 Rossignol-Trapet - Gevrey Chambertin Vieilles Vignes 75cl £180 per case of 6 Rossignol-Trapet
2019 / / 75cl
£180 per case of 6
IB
Tasting NotesSmoky, 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

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