"The 2013 Trapet Chambertin was showing beautifully at the time of my visit, with a properly reserved personality, bottomless depth and stunning purity on both the nose and palate. The stunning bouquet soars from the glass in a blend of dark plums, red and black cherries, cocoa, grilled meat, a very, very complex base of soil, woodsmoke and nutty new oak. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and utterly seamless, with stunning mid-palate depth, ripe, perfectly integrated tannins, lovely acids and laser-like focus on the extremely long, transparent and magical young finish. One of the wines of the vintage in 2013! 2025-2085."
Neal Martin - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"The 2013 Chambertin Grand Cru has a very austere and introspective bouquet at the moment despite coaxing from the glass. The palate is very well proportioned with fine tannins, deep black fruit infused with minerals, limestone and flint notes toward the structured, mineral-rich finish. There is a long tail on the finish, though this grand cru will need several years in bottle. Impressive but stoic for the moment.
In a show of solidarity, in 2013 Jean-Louis Trapet sold his Bourgogne Rouge to fellow biodynamic winemakers in Volnay who had been devastated by the hail. Apart from that demonstration of charity, Jean-Louis has presided a deeply impressive range of 2013s that may even outclass his outstanding 2012s. He told me that he used around 30% whole bunch fruit for his premier crus and 40% for the grand crus. They are very taut and linear wines, pure and direct, laconic even compared to their peers, wines that will repay cellaring. I found that the terroir expression here was magnified by the growing season and perhaps also by the biodynamic practices that Jean-Louis abides by. The wines are a little overlooked by cognoscenti, who perhaps pay more attention to Jean-Marie Fourrier just up the RN74. But do not ignore these marvelous 2013s."
Stephen Tanzer - Vinous Media:
"Bright medium red. Very complex, subtle aromas of raspberry, flowers, licorice, minerals and menthol opened nicely with air. Boasts terrific inner-mouth menthol-and-spice tension, with its juicy dark berry fruit still wound up but already showing a captivating restrained sweetness. Finishes with terrific saline grip and length, the suave tannins perfectly buffered by fruits and minerals. Delivers the energy of the vintage in spades without being particularly austere."
Allen Meadows - Burghound:
"Once again an intensely floral nose is quite cool and restrained with a soft green tea character to the earthy and spicy red currant scents. This is a big 2013 with its broad-shouldered flavors that brim with both dry extract and plenty of minerality as I really like the sense of energy on the explosively long, muscular and powerful finish that is also quite youthfully austere. This stunner of a Chambertin is going to need plenty of time in a cool cellar."