Investment Tips - Burgundy - 10. February 2021

All The Conditions Are Met For Trapet Becoming The Next Price Rocket Of Burgundy

Can anything stop the advancement of Trapet? It's just a question of when the rest of the wine world's attention will be directed towards Domaine Trapet's Chambertin.

"So delicious that I had to take a cheeky sip of this elixir. One of the wines of the vintage"

- Vinous, 97-99 point

Domaine Trapet has undergone a tremendous evolution since the mid-1990s. An evolution that has now led to the Domaine producing one of the best wines of the 2018 vintage in Burgundy. A success story in which the price has not yet followed on. Compared to the price of some other great wines from Chambertin, Trapet delivers unreleased potential with its greatest wine to this day.

Domaine Jean & Jean-Louis Trapet

Domaine Jean & Jean-Louis Trapet is today one of the leading domains of Burgundy, and a guiding star when it comes to Gevrey-Chambertin. The history of the Trapet family in Gevrey-Chambertin began in 1870, when Louis Trapet bought his first parcels in Gevrey. A little more than 50 years later, in 1919, Trapet's son bought the domain's first parcels in the legendary grand cru vineyard of Chambertin, already recognized as one of the best in the region. These purchases would later shape the family's activities in the area and become the crown jewel of the domain for the next 100 years - and probably long into the future as well. In 1993, the domain was divided and Domaine Rossignol-Trapet became the name of the other half. Today, Domaine Jean & Jean-Louis Trapet owns 16.5 hectares of vineyards, with the grand cru vineyards of Chambertin, Latrizieres-Chambertin and Chapelle-Chambertin as the three most famous - but if you must highlight one on top of the others, you simply can't avoid Chambertin - the one and only...

Chambertin Grand Cru

Chambertin covers an area of 13.22 hectares, of which Domaine Trapet owns 1.9 hectares, distributed in three different parcels in the vineyard. The oldest vines were planted back in the 1920s and the average is almost 50 years old. Jean-Louis Trapet's goal is to get the best grapes on the vines so that they do not have to be sorted when they arrive at the winery, where only the perfect grapes are used. Trapet's Chambertin is one of those wines that should be, and probably will be, at the top of every Burgundy lover's wish list.

Domaine Trapet has been biodynamically certified since the mid-1990s, with the goal of achieving the best possible balance in the vineyards. Ecology and biodynamics excite some consumers, while others do not place much value on it. Regardless of persuasion, this, as well as a new approach to domain production, is directly attributable to the success of the domain. The wines have evolved from a mixed pleasure in the 1990s to Trapet now producing some of the most elegant wines in Gevrey-Chambertin - a positive evolution that is also clearly reflected in critics' ratings over the years.

Domaine Trapet is on the right track, with wines that are better than ever and a 2018 Chambertin that surpasses anything seen before.

“The 2018 vintage has turned out brilliantly at this Gevrey-Chambertin benchmark, an estate that seems to go from strength to strength.”

- Wine Advocate, 95-97 points

Rising Quality All The Way To The Peak In 2018

As mentioned above, at Domaine Trapet they have made a great effort over the last 20 years so that the domaine today has risen to the top of the best in Burgundy. It is an evolution, in which the quality has steadily increased. As an example, the 2003 vintage received 88 points from Wine Advocate. The 2018 vintage, which has acquired the highest score ever received by a Trapet Chambertin, received 95-97 points by Wine Advocate, while Vinous gave it a sensational 97-99 points. This makes the 2018 Trapet Chambertin not only Domaine Trapet's greatest wine ever, but also manifests the Domaine's status as a Burgundian crown jewel to keep an eye on.

In addition to the fact that a tremendously strong lower level is already assured with the critics' scores, there is another potential benefit when the critics' final scores land.

Invest in Burgundy's Domaine Trapet Chambertin Domaine Trapets Chambertin may well become one of the big winners of the future in Burgundy

Trapet Is Still Underrated Among The Superstars Of Burgundy

Nothing beats the feeling of looking out over the legendary Chambertin as the morning mist disappears in the vineyard as the sun breaks through. It's an almost divine sight that can probably only be equaled by the taste of the coveted wines from that same vineyard.

The name Chambertin just does something to even the most seasoned wine connoisseur, and if we are talking about THE Chambertin, then we're all over it. Here, some of Burgundy's greatest producers cultivate side by side, working together to help make Chambertin a wine super-brand. In other words: If Chambertin grand cru is on the label, you know it is the real deal.

Especially Armand Rousseau has contributed to the great popularity of Chambertin, but also the renowned Domaine Leroy is in the headlines. But even if Domaine Leroy, for example, is in a league of its own, especially in terms of price, Domaine Trapet is certainly not insignificant when trying to break up the Chambertin starry sky a bit:

If you look at the greatest vintages of the last decade, 2010 and 2015, and include 2018 because it's relevant to this specific investment tip, and look at the critics' top ratings on Chambertin, you can get a top-5 on Chambertin:

  1. Domaine Leroy
  2. Domaine Armand Rousseau
  3. Domaine Jean & Jean-Louis Trapet
  4. Domaine Dujac
  5. Domaine Denis Mortet

In other words, Trapet is in extremely prominent company. When you compare this to the price, Trapet Chambertin seems extremely underrated, and with the course the domaine has been on in recent years, all indications are that this will be one of the truly exciting Burgundy wines of the future:

Leroy Not released € 17.500 Not released
Rousseau € 3.000 € 2.750 € 2.250
Trapet € 650 € 425 € 360
Dujac € 2.400 € 2.500 € 1.900
Mortet € 1.100 € 1.200 € 1.100

It's clear that Trapet's Chambertin is definitely underrated, and while you as an investor are getting an extreme amount of top Burgundy for the money here, it's equally clear that there's also plenty of room for solid price increases. Prices are well below the other four, and this will be your big potential.

Limited Production

Domaine Trapet currently owns three parcels of Chambertin, which together cover approximately 1.9 hectares. With the constraints imposed by the prestigious grand cru classification and Trapet's strict quality requirements, these three parcels yield only about what equates to 8,000-10,000 ordinary bottles in a normal vintage. This, of course, includes larger formats, which ultimately makes the quantities of each quite limited. Putting this in relation to a price that only reflects the underestimated potential, the 2018 Trapet Chambertin looks extremely attractive to the wine investor at the moment.

Rarewine Invest's Opinion

If you want to point to an "undiscovered" Burgundy crown jewel that has great potential, the 2018 Trapet Chambertin is a very good deal. Domaine Jean & Jean-Louis Trapet has been on a journey over the past 20 years, culminating in the 2018 Chambertin - the domaine's greatest wine to this date.

Looking at the developments of the past few years, Trapet's future is extremely promising. Especially considering that Trapet is in the very prestigious company of Chambertin when it comes to critics' ratings of top vintages of wines from this domain. Here, Trapet lands in a solid 3rd place, surpassed only by Domaine Leroy and Domaine Armand Rousseau - two of Burgundy's biggest names.

In this perspective, Trapet's Chambertin is simply underrated when even the Chambertin versions at #4 and #5 on the Top 5 list cost three, four and five times as much as Trapet's.

Add to that the advantages known from the most investment-friendly Burgundy wines, such as superior quality and limited production.

Trapet is aiming towards the top at first glance there seems to be nothing to stop this exiting development. Now it's just a matter of time before the rest of the wine world turns an eye on Domaine Jean & Jean-Louis Trapets Chambertin.

Now is your chance to invest, and you even have the advantage of adding both regular and magnum bottles to your portfolio.

Invest In 2018 Chambertin From Domaine Jean & Jean-Louis Trapet

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2018Chambertin750OC648€ 360
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