Jean-Louis Trapet is one of the most recognized winemakers in Burgundy. The family has tended the vineyards for seven generations, and since the 1920s, they owned one of the most significant vineyards in the Cote d'Or, but it took until 1960 when they finally started to bottle their own wines. In 1993 Jean-Louis took over and pretty soon started to convert the full 18 hectares to organic and then biodynamic winemaking principles. His wife Andrée Grayer brought another 12 hectares in Alsace into the family, which they now also care for. As proof for the outstanding work, they recently got 20 points for the 2016 Grand Cru Chambertin by the Revue de Vin de France, which rarely gives out the highest rating.
So how is it possible that we have a wine from him when his Burgundy's cost up to 500 Euros when they are released. Fortunately, many Burgundy winemakers also make one affordable wine, and Jean-Louis started the "Minima" project to showcase what's possible with perfect grapes and no sulfur. Because the grapes come from the Bourgogne Passetoutgrain appellation, he can use Gamay as well, which is usually forbidden in Burgundy. The result is well-balanced cherry and berry aromatics, combined with some savory notes. Enjoy it with a lighter meal like grilled fish or vegetables.