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Expert Picks: Domaine Trapet and Bonneau du Martray

Posted on | December 16, 2014 | Written by Robin Kelley OConnor | No Comments

rkoWith holdings in three superb Grand Cru vineyards, Domaine Trapet Père et Fils has been one of the great Gevrey-Chambertin estates for over the last fifty years. By the late 1920s Trapet was the largest vineyard owner in Chambertin with large parcels in Chapelle-Chambertin and Latricières-Chambertin in their possession, and until the 1960s, Trapet was a top red Burgundy grower for négociants houses like Maison Joseph Drouhin and Maison Leroy. In the ‘60s Trapet began bottling significant portions of its production under its own label, becoming one of the first small producers to lead the charge in domaine bottling. For much of its existence, the domaine was known as Domaine Louis Trapet, but in 1993, the estate’s holdings were split in half and Domaine Louis Trapet was renamed Domaine Trapet Père et Fils. In 1998 the decision was made to enact biodynamic farming principles and in 2009 it became 100% certified biodynamic.

Domaine Bonneau du Martray, owned and managed by Jean-Charles le Bault de la Morinière, is the largest single proprietor of vines within the Corton-Charlemagne vineyard, and it owns the largest area of a single Grand Cru in Burgundy. Bonneau du Martray vineyards have been family owned for almost two centuries, and Bonneau du Martray vineyard is located in the village of Pernand-Vergelesses on the hill of Corton. This incredible estate, large for Burgundy standards, has 25 continuous vineyard acres, producing some of the finest white wines in all of Burgundy. Jean-Charles, who also is royally entitled Count de La Morinière, inherited the property from his father in 1984 and employs a strong biodynamic philosophy in his viticulture management. Bonneau du Martray is the only estate in Burgundy to wholly produce wines from Grand Cru vineyards.

Domaine Trapet Gevrey Chambertin 2012 $79.99

Showing a beautiful bright ruby color with a pure nose of dark cherries, smokiness, earth notes, fresh herbs and vanilla oak scents, this ’12 Gevrey Chambertin offers a concentrated, full-bodied palate with loads of red fruit flavors, moderate tannins, and a long balanced finish. The Domaine Trapet Gevrey Chambertin 2012 blends grapes from the Gevrey vineyard sites of Deree, Champerrier, Petite Jouise and Clos de Combe, all composed of clay and limestone with a southeast exposure. After handpicking the grapes, the wine is aged in a relatively high portion of new French barriques, and Trapet crafted about 2,500 cases in 2012.This is a great steal from a top producer, and this wine easily has another 25 years of life ahead of it.

Bonneau du Martray Corton-Charlemagne 2012 $209.00

This is must-have wine for those who love great white Burgundy. The recently released Bonneau du Martray Corton-Charlemagne 2012 is a work of art, typifying why Corton-Charlemagne has the reputation for being the pinnacle of Chardonnay. Bonneau du Martray’s ‘12 Corton-Charleagne is powerful, complex and concentrated. It has amazingly deep aromas that beg for quiet cellaring to fully develop. On the palate it is rich, elegant, intense, full bodied and full of class. The wine is made in a very traditional method: soft pressing, barrel fermentation in new oak and appropriate aging. This ’12 Corton-Charlemagne is a wine that requires a little patience; cellar aging will surely reward the drinker, and typically Bonneau du Martray Corton-Charlemagne enters its best drinking window at ten years from date of harvest and will age gracefully for 25, 30, even 40 years.

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