Amongst this stellar lineup of 2015 premier crus chez Trapet, the Capita is the finest this year. The bouquet is deep, pure and nascently complex, delivering a refined, sappy blend of red and black cherries, raw cocoa, grilled beef, black minerality, woodsmoke and a gentle framing of spicy oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and very intensely flavored, with a rock solid core, great mineral drive, ripe, chewy tannins and great length and grip on the still very primary finish. This is a powerful premier cru that is also seamless and flawlessly balanced. Great juice. 2025-2065.
(from a blend of 3 1ers that include Corbeaux, En Ergot and Combottes; 100% whole cluster vinification). This is perhaps the most floral-inflected wine in the range with its exceptionally pretty nose that reflects notes of lavender, lilac, rose and violet along with earthy and fresh red currant aromas that are trimmed in subtle but not invisible wood influence. This is also quite generously proportioned with fine mid-palate concentration to the medium weight flavors that exude a subtle minerality on the powerful and well-balanced finish. This very firmly structured effort is going to require extended cellaring to arrive its full apogee yet it’s not so backward that it couldn’t be enjoyed after 5-ish years of cellaring. In a word, excellent. 2030+
The 2015 Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Capita comes from five premier crus: Petite Chapelle, En Ergot, Corbeaux, Combottes and Clos Prieur, and it is 100% whole bunch fruit. It has a very elegant bouquet, the stem addition neatly disguised and barely conspicuous, merely lending freshness and personality to the black and red brambly fruit. The palate is fresh and well defined with blood orange notes infusing the vivacious red fruit. This has wonderful balance and infectious vigor that I hope will be translated once in bottle. This has so much to offer, one being that oft overlooked sense of "fun".(NM)
(the highest in octane of these 2015s at 14%; vinified with 50% whole clusters): Liqueur-like raspberry and plum on the nose. Generous, fat and rich in the middle palate, with captivating sweetness. Big, ripe tannins then shorten the wine's fruit on the back end, giving the finish a somewhat aggressive character. (ST)
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