Saturday, December 20, 2014

Domaine ROSSIGNOL-TRAPET -- 2013s from Cask

 Domaine ROSSIGNOL-TRAPET (Gevrey-Chambertin)

2013s  from Cask

Harvesting here began on October 6, lasted five days, and finished on the Côte de Beaune. There wasn’t a lot of sorting, except for the hailed vineyards (i.e., Côte de Beaune), said David Rossignol. In Gevrey, with the old vines, there were lots of shot berries, for the younger vines, there were some shot berries. Whole clusters were about one-quarter to one-half. Chaptalization was on the order of 0.5º, and given the nature of the vintage, there wasn’t much pigeage (punching down of the cap) here. Whole clusters were used in the wines from Gevrey-Chambertin.

2013 Bourgogne   Pinot Noir
The vines here are in the commune of Gevrey-Chambertin. The perfumed floral nose is followed in the mouth by a smooth texture, medium-weight body, and mineral red fruit. Quite a nice Bourgogne. (86-89)

2013 Beaune   Les Mariages
The wine is light and not very precise in its strawberry fruit. The vineyard suffered 70% hail damage. The grapes here were entirely destemmed, as they were for all the Beaunes here. (82-85)

2013 Beaune 1er Cru – Les Theurons
This wine shows more body and depth to its strawberry fruit with good length and a smooth texture. This vineyard was 85% hail-damaged. (85-88)

2013 Gevrey-Chambertin   vieilles vignes
This wine is medium-weight and salty with good length, some penetration, and reddish fruit. (85-88)

2013 Gevrey-Chambertin   Les Etelois
Les Etelois is a climat classified as village-level, but it is just below Griotte-Chambertin and the two bear resemblance in the red cherry fruit that characterizes them. Here the red cherry aromas are followed in the mouth by a medium-weight body with good density, saltiness and red cherry flavors. The wine is not especially tannic. Only two barrels (600 bottles) made in 2013. (86-90)

2013 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru – Les Cherbaudes
The Cherbaudes has dark cherry fruit that is perhaps less wild than usual. It is medium-weight with good penetration, some nervosity, and some finesse. (88-91)

2013 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru – Les Corbeaux
The nose and mouth show fresh, dark fruit typical of Corbeaux with nice fleshiness and some structure to support it. (89-92)

2013 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru – Clos Prieur
The wildness of nearby Mazis-Chambertin is evident in the dark plum fruit. The wine has good freshness, purity, and acidic backbone. (90-93)

2013 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru – Petite Chapelle
In order to prevent the wine from being too tannic, there was no pigeage here and less whole cluster fruit than in the other premiers crus, explained David Rossignol. The wine is tightly-wound, as is typical for Petite Chapelle and shows tension underlying its red fruits with good acidity and round tannins. (89-93)

2013 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru – Aux Combottes
The pretty, precise nose features spiced red cherries, and they follow in the medium-weight mouth. This wine shows good tension but also roundness. I sometimes  am a little less enthusiastic about Rossignol-Trapet’s Combottes than I am about the other premiers crus here because it comes from a part of the vineyard that has sandy soils that can make the wine seem a little too soft, but that is not the case in this vintage. (90-93)

2013 Latricières-Chambertin
This wine is light and penetrating with good underlying acidity to support the dark fruit. (90-94)

2013 Chapelle-Chambertin
The nose is stony here. The mouth shows a fair amount of tannin and it is tightly-wound with dark fruit and there is a bit of sensuality to the texture. The finish is notably long. This is very good, typical Chapelle-Chambertin. (91-94)

2013 Chambertin

The nose here, too, is stony. The mouth shows power and finesse, both, with salinity and race with stony red currant fruit. This wine may turn out even better than I have estimated it here. (92-96)