Domaine Rossignol-Trapet Gevrey-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes 2017
1 or more bottles$120.00
Richard Hemming17 points
Gary Walsh95 points
Allan Meadows91 points
Huon Hooke93 points
Brothers David and Nicolas Rossignol run this 100% Organic and Biodynamically farmed Domaine located in the very heart of Gevrey Chambertin. Very early to the Sustainable farming movement, all the family's vineyards, located in some of the most impressive vineyards in Burgundy, were converted to Certified Orgainc in 2004.
This esteemed estate started with the marriage of Jacques Rossignol of Volnay with Mado Trapet from a noted Gevrey-Chambertin family.
The wines of 2017 were made with a large percentage (75-100%) of whole bunches to add perfume and tannic structure. The ripeness of the vintage allowed the stems to fully ripen and do not add green notes, rather, they greatly intensify the perfume and layered complexity of all the wines.
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- Red Fruits
- Red Cherry
Critic Scores & reviews
"Lovely perfume – perhaps more Volnay or Vosne than Gevrey, clasically – but the structure is certainly in the firmer style, with crisp acid providing enjoyable contrast. Richard Hemming MW"
"Dark cherry, earth and spice. Fleshy and ripe, rich tannin set deep, almost a blueberry flavour, acidity is cool and settled. Long and satisfying to drink. For a village wine, it’s just so impressive. I’d say 94 or 95 points, though today, I’m feeling more on the generous side, much like this wine."
"Outstanding Top Value"
"Full red colour with a healthy trace of purple. The bouquet is savoury and fresh-earthy, toasty with subtle dark-cherry notes. The wine is also savoury in the mouth, with pleasant intensity and balance, roundness and soft but quietly asssertive tannins. Some liqueur-cherry nuances. The length is moderately long, the finish clean and dry. (Certified biodynamic)"
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Wine is being produced throughout France and has been done for over 2,500 years with certain Châteaux dating their history back to Roman times, around 6th Century BC. Ranking second in the world in per-capita consumption and first in total production quantity. More so than the overall quantity of wine is the quantity of truly great wines coming out of France makes the nation the envy of wine-making nations worldwide.
Two concepts pivotal to the higher end French wines, in particular, are the idea of 'terroir' and the Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) system. Terroir refers to the way the geography, geology and climate find their way into the glass, telling a story of the origin of the wine. The AOC was set up in 1935 and has the primary goal of protecting the authenticity of the wines and the livelihoods of the producers. Appellation rules strictly define which varieties of grapes and winemaking practices are approved for classification in each of France's several hundred geographically defined appellations, which can cover entire regions, individual villages or in some cases, like in Burgundy even specific vineyards.
Classic wine regions in France include Champagne (home of Champagne), Burgundy (Pinot Noir and Chardonnay), Bordeaux (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot), Alsace (Aromatic varietals), Loire Valley (Chenin Blanc, Crémant) and the Rhône Valley (Syrah, Grenache Mourvedre)
The Bordeaux classification of 1855 is still in use, as is the Sauternes and Barsac Classification of the same year. Wines from certain regions can be bought En Primeur, which is when the wine is sold prior to it being bottled.
Burgundy is undoubtedly the home of the finest Pinot Noir and Chardonnays in the world, where vineyards, or Domaines have been producing wines for over 2000 years. Burgundy is located in the North-east of France, an hours drive from Lyon and 2 hours from Paris. With over 100 appellations, or sub-regions (more than any other wine region) Burgundy is known for being the most terroir-oriented region in the World. The finest red wines of Burgundy are found in the Côte d'Or, a string of villages including Côte de Nuits, Gevrey-Chambertin, Morey St Denis, Chambolle-Musigny, Vougeot, Vosne-Romanée and Nuits-St Georges.
There are flavours present in great Burgundys that are the envy of Pinot Noir producers worldwide. The elusive peacocks tail finish that goes on and on, and the pretty-elegance backed by Burgundy muscle is the goal of winemakers around the globe. The main levels in the Burgundy classifications, in descending order of quality, are: Grand crus, Premier crus, village appellations, and finally regional appellations. For the Chablis wines, a similar hierarchy of Grand Cru, Premier Cru and Village wines is used, plus Petit Chablis as a level below Village Chablis.
Gevrey-Chambertin is an important village Appellation d'origine contrôlée (AOC) in the Côte de Nuits subregion of Burgundy, France, exclusively for red wines (Pinot Noir). It is also the largest village in the Côte de Nuits and boasts some of Burgundy’s most acclaimed Grands Crus and Premiers Crus. The Gevrey-Chambertin Pinot Noir wines are bright-ruby-coloured in youth, gaining deeper hues with age. On the nose, expect berry fruits (strawberries, mulberries) and floral notes. With age, aromas of licorice, game, underbrush, leather, and fur develop. On the powerful palate, you’ll find well-balanced structure, velvety tannins, and ‘meaty’ texture. Generally, these wines have a reputation for being fuller-bodied and richer than some of their Burgundy counterparts. They have excellent potential for ageing.
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About the brand Domaine Rossignol-Trapet
The Rossignol Trapet domaine goes back to 1990 when the originally Trapet Domaine was divided between the family members. Today Rossignol Trapet has 13 ha mainly in Gevrey Chambertin (over 85%) and some vineyards in the Beaune district and the rest in Cote du Nuits. The new winery is in the centre of Gevrey just off the main road. With the new winery came the new approach to convert from conventional to organic and later to biodynamic vine growing and winemaking. Their wines show purity and gracefulness not necessarily lacking the depth of Gevrey but showing more finesse and elegance.