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.


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

Photo: Johan Cola from Maison Philippe Pacalet

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