Philippe Pacalet, Pommard 2013

The Pommard village is more expressive and charming than the quite serious Gevrey village. In the bouquet rather delicate red and dark fruit – quite floral – with lovely notes of red and dark cherries – spiced with hints of cinnamon and white peppar. On the palate quite expressive fruit, well structured with a fine depth for this level. Lovely Pommard village ….

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2022) – Very Good (87 – 88p) – Tasted 19/03/2014 from CASK

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Photo: Johan Cola from Maison Philippe Pacalet

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Philippe Pacalet, Nuits-Saint-Georges 2013

The Nuits-Saint-Georges village is a step up in concentration from the Gevrey village. In the nose lovely ripe pinot fruit, with notes of red and dark cherries and raspberries – spiced up with cinnamon and a hint of white pepper. On the palate rich and sturdy, showing true Nuits-Saint-Georges character. Quite impressed by the layers of intense vibrant fruit – and the matching framework of tannins and minerality.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2023) – Very Good – - (88 – 89p) – Tasted 19/03/2014 from CASK

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Philippe Pacalet, Chambolle-Musigny 2013

The Chambolle village is as always a step up in delicacy and refinement. The bouquet is slightly closed – but still showing fine notes of raspberries and cherries – spiced with hints of allspice and cinnamon. On the palate quite rubust fruit – intense with a playful Chambolle minerality. More tannins than usual – but still quite juicy with a good energy and nerve. A lovely expressive Chambolle village … cant rival the gorgeous 2010 and the 2012 though.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2021) – Very Good (87 – 88p) – Tasted 19/03/2014 from CASK

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Philippe Pacalet, Vosne-Romanee 2013

The Vosne-Romanee village is a notch up in quality. The bouquet is slightly reduced but crammed with layers of red and dark berry fruit – notes of raspberries and cassis – discretely spiced with violets, cinnamon and white peppar.The fruit is somewhat more compact than the ofther village wines, and show additional depth, focus and nuances – impressive for this level. A lovely intense village with a nice terroir expression.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2023) – Very Good+ – (88 – 90p) – Tasted 19/03/2014 from CASK

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Philippe Pacalet, Gevrey-Chambertin 2013

The Gevrey Chambertin show fine quite delicate red and dark berry fruit – good depth with notes of cherries and raspberries – hints of allspice and a earthy minerality. On the palate aromatic red and dark fruits, a fine power for this level with a good nerve from the strudy acidity. Its surprisingly dark in the fruit and will require some time to unfold.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2022) – Good – (86 – 87p) – Tasted 19/03/2014 from CASK

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Philippe Pacalet, Chambolle-Musigny 2012

The Chambolle-Musigny 2012 is gorgeaus and perhaps even better than expected. The nose is popping with red fruits – cherries, boysen berries, raspberries .. vibrant and juicy with a quite pronounced Chambolle minerality. On the palate medium weight with a lovely balance between the juicy fresh fruit and the underlying chambolle minerality. A terroir driven village with a lovely acidity … focused, energetic and vibrant … love it.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2019) – Very Good+ (90p) – Tasted 01/08/2014

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Philippe Pacalet, Charmes Chambertin 2013

The Charmes-Chambertin 2013 from Pacalet is a fine effort … allthough not quite at the same level as the gorgeous Ruchottes-Chambertin. The bouquet is offering quite intense red and dark fruit … rich and vibrant with a lovely earthy minerality. On the palate rich and weighty red berry fruit … powerful and intense with a lovely balance and focus. Lacking a bit of refinement compared to the Ruchottes … but nevertheless a lovely glass of pinot.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2025) – Fine+ (92 – 93p) – Tasted 19/03/2014 – from cask

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Philippe Pacalet, Ruchottes-Chambertin 2013

The Ruchottes-Chambertin 2013 from Pacalet is very impressive and gorgeous wine in the making – the grand cru terroirs really show well in this intense and highly structured vintage,. The bouquet is showing layers of intense red and dark fruit … complex and vibrant with a lovely minerality. On the palate layers of ripe and juicy red berry fruit … lovely nerve and glow in the fruit … more forward than the Echezeaux and even more refined. Really have a soft spot for this terroir. A beauty with its core of vibrant fruit.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2027) – Very Fine (93 – 94p) – Tasted 19/03/2014 – from cask

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Philippe Pacalet, Echezeaux 2013

The Echezeaux 2013 from Pacalet is a impressively intense effort – the grand cru terroirs really suits this powerfully stuctured vintage. The bouquet is offering intense red and dark fruit … Vosne spices… tight and serious with a powerful underlying minerality. On the palate tightly knit and powerful, with a intense midpalate fruit and a focusing slightly edgy minerality. A big quite muscular wine with more power than one normally find in wines from Pacalet. Will require quite some time to unfold completely.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2027) – Fine+ (92 – 93p) – Tasted 19/03/2014 – from cask

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Philippe Pacalet, Gevrey Chambertin 2012

The Gevrey-Chambertin is showing beautifully and is even better than expected. The nose is bursting with layers of sweet airy red fruit – very charming with nice hints of allspice and cinnamon. On the palate very forward and delightful … quite openly knit with a lovely weightless feel. Not the most concentrated of the village wines in 2012 … but it’s simply gorgeous.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2019) – Very Good+ (89p) – Tasted 08/05/2014

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Philippe Pacalet, Gevrey-Chambertin Lavaux St. Jacques 2012

The Lavaux Saint Jacques 2012 from Pacalet is showing beautifully. The nose is crammed with layers of vibrant red fruit … very juicy with notes of strawberries, pomegranate and raspberries – spiced with allspice and pepper and a deep earthy mineralty. The palate offer a focusing core of ripe and pure coulis fruit – adding depth to the mulitible layers of energetic red fruit. The finish is long – with a refined display of terroir – giving a zen-like balance to the wine. A truly beautiful wine!

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2021) – Fine+ (92 – 93p) – Tasted 08/05/2014

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Philippe Pacalet, Echezeaux 2012

The Echezeaux 2012 from Pacalet is a gorgeous effort. The nose is bursting with fruit … red juicy fruit with a quite intense mineralty and spiced with violets, all spice and cinnamon. On the palate even more weighty than expected with a very fine midpalate concentration. The fruit is vibrant with a lovely nerve and energy. The minerality from the terroir is quite powerful .. this will be a very exiting wine to follow .. with its well constituted fruit and balance. Very impressive .. need more time to unfold … just like the two Vosne wines from Pacalet.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2024) – Very Fine (93p) – Tasted 08/05/2014

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Philippe Pacalet, Chambolle Musigny 2012

The Chambolle-Musigny 2012 from Philippe Pacalet is showing the goods. The nose is forward with decadent red fruit – spiced with cinnamon, all spice and gooseberries … very expressive and organic. On the palate rich and lush for this level … still vibrant .. with a lovely Chambolle minerality underneath – quite mouthcoating and delightful. Adore the drinkability.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2020) – Very Good+ (90p) – Tasted 28/05/2014

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Philippe Pacalet, Gevrey-Chambertin Bel-Air 2012

The Gevrey-Chambertin Bel Air 2012 from Pacalet is showing great form.
The nose is bursting with red coulis fruit – raspberries, strawberrie and pomegranate – spiced white peppar and a slight citrus note. On the palate quite forward with a intense core of fruit and vibrant earthy minerality. The minerality is both powerful and deep … bringing a lovely nerve and focus to the wine. I really love this slightly overlooked terroir … very energetic and juicy.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2021) – Fine+ (92 – 93p) – Tasted 28/05/2014

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Philippe Pacalet, Puligny-Montrachet 2012

The 2012 Puligny-Montrachet from Pacalet is a gorgeous effort. The bouquet is very expressive with white and yellow fruits – fresh but also some more exotic rich notes of acacia – all is infused with a gorgeous detailed minerality … crushed wet stones. On the palate quite intense fruit … aromatically rich for this level … balanced by a lovely freshness and minerality. Really like the purity and balance in this wine – one of the best white villages I have tasted from Pacalet.

20120311-111932.jpg(Drink From 2020) – Very Good – (89 – 90p) – Tasted 01/05/2014

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Philippe Pacalet, Nuits-Saint-Georges 2012

The Nuits-Saint-Georges 2012 from Pacalet is offering gorgeous drinkability even on a root evening. The nose is bursting with red fruit … strawberries, cherries … with a touch of red currant, cinnamon and a classic slightly rubust and edgy NSG minerality. On the palate fine focus and transparancy … the midpalate intensity is fine … as is the nerve and freshness. The expression of terroir and NSG typicity is improving year after year in Pacalets wines … a lovely Nuits-Saint-Georges.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2019) – Very Good+ (89 – 90p) – Tasted 06/06/2014

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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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Philippe Pacalet, Aligote 2012

I really enjoy a good Aligote … and the 2012 vintage seem to be a fine year for these slightly overlooked wines. The transparent and slightly rich fruit of the vintage seem to be a perfect match for the spicy acidity in the Aligote. The Pacalet Aligote 2012 has a crisp and zappy nose with lovely citrus and a nice spicy note from the aligote grape infused with minerality. On the palate fresh and vibrant with a lively airy fruit … love the energy and the focusing acidity. A crisp and fresh aligote … just the way I like it.

20120311-111932.jpg(Drink From Now) – Above Average – (82p) – Tasted 22/01/2014

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Philippe Pacalet, Echezeaux 2011

The 2011 Pacalet Echezeaux is forward and expressive. The bouquet is bursting with sweet red fruit – raspberries, pomegranate, strawberries with a hint of violets. On the palate rich – almost silky – with sweet ripe red fruit – balanced by finely grained tannins and a crisp acidity. It has put on some wight the last year and is quite intense and weighty compared to most of the other wines from Pacalet. Love the airy fruit and the balance – a delightful Echezeaux.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink From 2020) – Fine+ (93p) – Tasted 26/01/2013

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