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 and should amply repay 12 to 15.
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.
this fruit was harvested at 14+% alcohol, according to Trapet; vinified with 100% whole clusters): Medium red. Superripe aromas of roasted plum, redcurrant, smoke and game. Large-scaled and a bit reduced, currently showing less cut and energy than most of the other 2015s at this address. Not a sweet style yet it's a bit topheavy. Finishes with strong tannins and a lingering saline character. Not my favorite style. Trapet told me he did only pumpovers and left the tank open to evaporate some of this wine's alcohol, noting that it will be bottled at 13.8%.(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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