The 2015 Petite Chapelle from Jean-Louis Trapet is a stunning wine, and there was a twinkle in his eye when Jean-Louis noted “that the wine is more than fourteen percent alcoholall natural- this year!” This was the last parcel picked in 2015, with the berries very small and the wine has great depth of fruit and a grand cru presence on the palate. The bouquet is a gorgeous blend of red and black cherries, dark chocolate, grilled meats, woodsmoke, a very complex base of soil and a deft framing of vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and sappy at the core, with superb soil inflection, fine-grained, seamless tannins, lovely focus and grip and a very long, totally cool and classy finish. There are a few more higher octane reds in 2015 that are absolutely perfect in their balance, as is the 2015 Petite Chapelle, and how this is possible I have no idea! This wine will be approachable after a few years, but it really deserves a decade of bottle age to allow it to fully blossom and start to hit on all cylinders. 2025-2065.
A discreet but not invisible dose of wood does not detract from the purity of the elegant and airy array of red currant, rose petal, lavender and forest floor scents. There is first-rate tension and delineation to the more obviously mineral-driven middle weight flavors that culminate in a firm, linear and driving finish. This is a classy Petite Chapelle that is built-to-age and will need at least 7 to 8 years and should amply repay 12 to 15. 2027+
Bright medium red. More complex on the nose than the foregoing samples, with lovely perfumed scents of musky raspberry and dried flowers. Dense and seamless on the palate, with mouth-saturating sweetness to its flavors of raspberry and currant. This wine, made from very ripe grapes, struck me as a bit heavy when I tasted it in late 2016 but today it comes across as distinctly firmer and rather stylish, thanks to ripe acidity and a fine dusting of tannins--not to mention underlying minerality. Trapet vinified this wine entirely with whole clusters, and that may also have contributed energy. (ST)
The 2015 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Petite Chapelle had a high potential alcohol, as apparently the stems absorbed some of the alcohol during alcoholic fermentation, although since then it has dropped to around 13.3°. It has a more open knit bouquet than the other 2015s from Trapet and for me, it does not quite deliver the same level of finesse and focus. The palate is better with attractive crunchy black fruit. It feels quite strict and linear, although cuts away swiftly on the finish. Does this Petite Chapelle have more to give down the line? Maybe it will catch up with its impressive 2015 siblings with time in bottle.(NM)
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