Philippe Pacalet, Chambolle-Musigny 1er cru 2009

The Chambolle 1er cru from Pacalet is showing better than expected. Slightly closed and dusty in the beginning – bouquet is cleaning up after some time in the glass – with juicy red fruit, layered and slightly darker than normal from Pacalet. Notes of strawberries, boysenberries … spiced with cinnamon … minerality not so distinct. On the palate quite weighty and intense with a long powerful finish – quite fresh for the vintage. Better than expected … very good … but not really a great fan of the 09s.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2019) – Very Good (89p) – Tasted 12/09/2014

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Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair, Vosne Clos du Chateau 2008

The Vosne-Romanee Clos du Chateau 2008 from Liger-Belair is showing extrovert youthful charm. The nose is rich and expressive with notes of red and dark fruits spiced with cinnamon, gun powder and a notch of oak. On the palate intensely weighty for the level and vintage … quite openly knit but with a lovely focusing minerality. Love the cool transparent fruit and the expression of terroir. A very good Vosne village … but not quite as refined as the recent vintages of this wine.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2020) – Very Good+ – (90p) – Tasted 12/09/2014

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Cros Parantoux – the sweet spot of Richebourg

Vosne-Romanee Cros Parantoux is a mythical vineyard … with a reputation created by the legendary Henri Jayer. With a location just above and next to Richebourg this 1er cru is regarded as something very special.

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But the story of Cros Parantoux doesn’t start with Henri Jayer, the vineyard was known much earlier. So lets take a closer look at Cros Parantoux.

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Philippe Pacalet, Gevrey Chambertin, Laveaux St. Jacques 2013

The Laveaux St. Jacques is a further notch up in quality. The nose is quite expressive with layers of energetic red and dark fruit – notes of strawberries, pomegranate and raspberries – spiced with white pepper and allspice. The palate offer a lovely core of ripe and pure fruit – lovely nerve and energy – supported by a solid framework of tannins and minerality. The finish is long with a refined display of terroir – offering a feeling of effortless balance to the wine. A beautiful wine in the making!

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2025) – Fine+ – (91 – 92p) – Tasted 19/03/2014 from CASK

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Photo: Johan Cola from Maison Philippe Pacalet

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