Tasting of Philippe Pacalet 2013 from cask – red 1er crus

The first impressions I get from the new vintage is often a extensive tasting at Maison Philippe Pacalet.

The wines from Pacalet is perfect for this purpose as the finish malolactic fermentation very early and even more important they have a very pure and clear expression of the vintage and the terroir

I really love the style of the wines, the drinkability, the lightness, the purity, the delicate expression of pinot fruit and the terroir.

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Photo: Johan Cola from Maison Philippe Pacalet

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Tasting of Philippe Pacalet 2013 from cask – village wines

The first impressions I get from the new vintage is often a extensive tasting at Philippe Pacalet.

The wines from Pacalet is perfect for this purpose as the finish malolactic fermentation very early and even more important they have a very pure and clear expression of the vintage and the terroir

I really love the style of the wines, the drinkability, the lightness, the purity, the delicate expression of pinot fruit and the terroir.

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Photo: Johan Cola from Maison Philippe Pacalet

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Twelve vintages of Comte de Vogüé, Chambolle-Musigny 1er cru

I have followed Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé closely for quite many years now and always enjoyed the Chambolle-Musigny 1er cru for its minerality and expression of Chambolle terroir.

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In a sense the Chambolle-Musigny 1er cru has become a benchmark wine for me in Chambolle, as I each year taste it from cask and from bottle just after the release in Denmark.

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Grands Jours de Bourgogne … notes from Clos de Vougeot

The main event of Grands Jours de Bourgogne is the tasting at Chateau Clos de Vougeot. It was quite crowded this year, and it was therefore difficult to taste all the wines, and even more difficult to speak to some of the more popular producers. It was nevertheless a both interesting and lovely tasting – thanks to all the producers for supporting this event – it’s a treat.

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Tasting of Bichot 2012 – Maison Albert Bichot

On my September trip to Burgundy I had the priviledge to visit Albert Bichot to taste some 2012s from the different domaines and branches of the Bichot house.

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The tasting include wines from Albert Bichot, Domaine de Pavillon, Domaine du Clos Frantin and Chateau Gris. The cask samples were collected in the different estates, and the tasting was held at the Bichot headquarter in Beaune.

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Tasting of Bichot 2012 – Domaine du Chateau Gris and du Pavillon

On my September trip to Burgundy I had the priviledge to visit Albert Bichot to taste some 2012s from the different domaines and branches of the Bichot house.

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The tasting include wines from Albert Bichot, Domaine de Pavillon, Domaine du Clos Frantin and Chateau Gris. The cask samples were collected in the different estates, and the tasting was held at the Bichot headquarter in Beaune.

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Tasting of Domaine Dublere 2012 reds from cask

On my recent trip to Burgundy I had the opportunity to re-visit one of the rising stars of Burgundy – Domaine Dublere.

A little background – Domaine Dublere was founded in 2003 by the American journalist Blair Pethel. The first vintage was 2004, and the domaine has since then gradually expanded the production and the portfolio of wines.

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Domaine Dublere now makes quite a large a selection of both white and red Burgundies – all of very high quality given the individual appellation. All the wines are very pure, intense, quite light-footed and with a precise and transparent expression of the terroir – in other words more Burgundian than many of the local producers.

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Tasting of Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair 2012 from cask

On my September trip to Burgundy I had he opportunity to taste the 2012s from Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair. I tasted some of the wines already in March 2013 – and they showed great promise – so I was very exited to taste the whole range.

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Needless to say – I was not disappointed – the 2012s from Liger-Belair are gorgeous, and perhaps even better than expected after the first tasting in March 2013.

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Tasting of Domaine Dublere 2012 whites from Cask

On my recent trip to Burgundy I had the opportunity to re-visit one of the rising stars of Burgundy – Domaine Dublere.

A little background – Domaine Dublere was founded in 2003 by the American journalist Blair Pethel. The first vintage was 2004, and the domaine has since then gradually expanded the production and the portfolio of wines.

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Domaine Dublere now makes quite a large a selection of both white and red Burgundies – all of very high quality given the individual appellation. All the wines are very pure, intense, quite light-footed and with a precise and transparent expression of the terroir – in other words more Burgundian than many of the local producers.

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Tasting of Comte de Vogue 2012 from cask

On my September trip to Burgundy I had the opportunity to visit Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé to taste the 2012 vintage from cask.

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My expectations were very high when I arrived at Vogüé – but I must say that the 2012 vintage exceeded even my highest expectations – the 2012 wines from Vogue are stunningly gorgeous – and among the best wines I have tasted from cask at this fine domaine.

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Tasting of Domaine J.-F. Mugnier 2012 from Cask

On my September trip to Burgundy I had the priviledge to visit Domaine J.-F. Mugnier for the first time. I have always enjoyed and adored the Mugnier wines, as they represent what I like in Burgundy – refinement, terroir and pleasure – so I was very exited to get the opportunity to taste the wines at the domaine.

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The visit was very interesting – as the 2012s are truly beautiful, and the comments and insights from Frederic Mugnier really made me think about what I’m doing on this blog – and the purpose of writing about wine.

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In the Glass: Oldies but Goodies

One of the fine tastings this summer included a range of matured wines – from Moet Chandon 1959 via La Turque 1985 to Dominus 1994.

The tasting covered three continents, and vintages from 1959 to 1995 …. a quite unusual tasting with some very interesting wines … and a few somehat disappointing bottles.

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Bouchard Pere et Fils – improving quality

Bouchard Pere et Fils and for that matter other of the large houses in Beaune have over the recent years really improved quality. They have moved from mass production towards quality that can rival some of the better producers in the different appelations.

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But how big is this improvement? To test this we had a range of Bouchard Pere et Fils, Beaune Greves Vigne l’Enfant Jesus … from 1988 to the latest vintage 2011.

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In the Glass – Alsace seen from a different perspective

When I began tasting wines back in the late 1980s Alsace was one of my first focus areas, and I was even on a tour to Alsace to taste wines from a few selected producers.

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Then I fell in love with the Mosel wines – and that sort of ended my romance with the Alsace juice. Seen with my Mosel preference – Alsace wines in general seems too alcoholic, dense and without the nerve, focus and the filigree complexity of the best Mosel wines.

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Philippe Pacalet – ageing potential of low SO2 wines

Natural wines are very popular in Denmark, and the use of SO2 in the vinification have become very controversial among certain groups of winos.

In my view this hysteria have given us a lot of very poor so called natural wines – many of them are heavily oxidized and almost undrinkable. Some Sommeliers sadly seem to favour these faulty wines, and it’s very clear that only very few producers have the skills to make durable and pure wines without SO2.

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One of the best producers of low SO2 wines is in my view Philippe Pacalet. I have followed the wines from Philippe since the first vintage in 2001 – and even before this, when he was making wines at Domaine Prieure Roch. The wines from Pacalet are getting better and better, and are now well ahead of most other producers of so called natural wines.

There are however quite a lot of discussions about low SO2 wines … how well do they age, will they keep … and are they more fragile than other wines with a higher SO2 content.

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Tasting of Comte Lafon Volnays 1997, 2002 and 2004

Dominique Lafon is one of the iconic winemakers in Burgundy – known for his excellent white Burgundies and to some degree also for his fine reds from Volnay and Monthelie.

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Dominique is a quite rare guest in Copenhagen, and the Danish importer of Lafon – Vinrosen – took the opportunity to arrange a great tasting of Lafon wines, when he visited Copenhagen last week.

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Tasting of Comte Lafon – 2009, 2004 and 2000 whites

Dominique Lafon is one of the iconic winemakers in Burgundy – known for his excellent white Burgundies and to some degree also for his fine reds from Volnay and Monthelie.

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Dominique is a quite rare guest in Copenhagen, and the Danish importer of Lafon – Vinrosen – took the opportunity to arrange a great tasting of Lafon wines, when he visited Copenhagen last week.

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