The Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er cru 2008 from Pacalet is extrovert and very accessible. In the nose cinnamon, all spice, red berry fruit with notes of strawberries and rhubarbs. On the palate quite rich opulent organic fruit .. openly knit .. with a crisp and powerful underlying acidity. It’s very forward and expressive with a quite intense display of it’s organic low SO2 styled fruit. A lovely wine .. enjoyable now .. but will be even better after 5 years in the cellar.… Read the full article →
The Gevrey-Chambertin Bel Air 2010 from Philippe Pacalet is delightfully transparent but still tightly structured. In the nose red berry fruit …. notes of red currant, strawberries … spiced with hints of cinnamon and a quite powerful earthy minerality. On the palate tightly structured with a lovely intensity and power … love the transparancy and the display of terroir. A quite muscular wine for the producer with a powerful minerality and precise acidity – very impressive and lovely.
The Philippe Pacalet Bourgogne Vieilles Vignes 2012 is a gorgeous glass of pinot. In the bouquet rich, pure and ripe red and dark berry fruit … notes of pomegranate, strawberries and blueberries … more depth and slightly darker than the entry level pinot. On the palate rich and opulent fruit for this level – nice core of sweet red berry fruit – it’s transparent, refined and finely focused. A charming and quite adorable glass of pinot .. enjoy and be happy.… Read the full article →
The Philippe Pacalet Pinot Noir 2012 is a gorgeous Bourgogne Rouge. In the bouquet rich, pure and ripe red and dark berry fruit … notes of pomegranate, strawberries and blueberries. On the palate very and quite intense fruit for this level – still it’s transparent, refined and finely focused. A charming and delightful glass of pinot – amazing drinkability and quality for this level. Not a great wine … but it’s just gorgeous.
The Chambolle 1er cru is one of my favorite wines from Pacalet – and the 2011 edition is in my view quite adorable. In the bouquet red berry fruit – pure and crisp – with notes of framboise, strawberries, cinnamon and a slight hint of sous-bois. On the palate quite intense fruit – focused – with good support from the finely grained tannins in the long and persistent finish. Love the Chambolle expression, the balance and airyness. A fine effort from PP.… Read the full article →
The Chambolle 1er cru 2007 from Pacalet is ready to rumble. In the nose extrovert sweet red fruit organic style .. strawberries, cinnamon and all spice. On the palate sweet lush fruit with pure red berry notes with a spicy citrus hint from the acidity. Classic chambolle notes … but quite organic stylewise …. very charming with it’s low SO2 fruit. Perhaps lacking a bit of focus compared to the latest vintages of this wine. Nevertheless quite adorable … if you like the style.… Read the full article →
The Ruchotte Chambertin 2012 is a true beauty. The bouquet is currently slightly closed but still offer layers of lovely organic red berry fruit and a quite stunning display of minerality and terroir. On the palete very intense red berry fruit – multible layers of juicy fruit. The minerality and complexity is very inmpressive adding a wonderful energy and nerve to this wine. It’s rich, refined and charming – love this terroir.
The Echezeaux 2012 from Pacalet is another succes in this vintage. The bouquet offer lovely quite expressive organic red berry fruit – with lovely spicy notes of violets, white peppar and peony rose. On the palate layers of quite dense and focused red fruit – with a slightly darker expression than the two Gevrey grand crus. It’s balanced, focused and quite tightly knit – with a fine freshness and minerality. A fine Echezeaux in the making – is it matching the beautiful 2010?… Read the full article →
The Pacalet Charmes 2012 is both a intense and charming wine in the making. The bouquet is bursting with nuances of energetic red berry fruit – spiced with allspice and cinnamon. On the palate layers of delicate and intense red berry fruit with elements of sweet red coulis fruit. It’s balanced and refined – it’s quite dense for a Pacalet wine – but still fresh and vibrant. The fine display of terroir in the long finish offer adds focus and nerve.… Read the full article →
The Vosne-Romanee Les Chaumes is quite new in the Pacalet collection – and is made from a plot located in the top part of the vineyard – just below La Tache/Malconsort. The bouquet offer complex layers of red and dark berry fruit – spiced with violets, peony rose pepper and all spice. The palate is offering layers of red juicy fruit and a playful minerality. It’s offering a lovely energy and display of terroir – very impressive for a wine from Les Chaumes.… Read the full article →
The Laveaux St. Jacques 2012 is a further notch up in quality. The nose is very expressive with layers of energetic red fruit – notes of strawberries, pomegranate and raspberries – spiced with allspice and pepper. The palate offer a lovely core of ripe and pure coulis fruit – adding another dimension 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 beauty!
The Gevrey Chambertin Bel Air is a step up in intensity from the NSG and Chambolle 1er crus. In the bouquet layers of sweet red berry fruit – organic style – notes of raspberries, cherries and white peppar. On the palete layers of juicy red fruit – quite tightly structured by the impressive minerality of the Bel Air vineyard. It’s powerful, focused and long – very impressive.
The Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er cru is a step up in intensity. In the nose lovely sweet pinot fruit, with notes of red and dark cherries – spiced with a beutiful minerality, cinnamon and a hint of white pepper. On the palate layers of lovely organic fruit – but also a classic muscular NSG terroir expression. The minerality is powerful and vibrant adding energy and nerve. A very beautiful Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er cru – classic – but with the organic charm of the Pacalet style.… Read the full article →
The Chambolle 1er cru is one of my old favorites from Pacalet – have followed this wine since the 2002 vintage. The 2012 version of this wine is another succes – what a delightful wine. In the bouquet layers of juicy red fruit – notes of raspberries, strawberries spiced with a lovely minerality and hints of violets and allspice. On the palate layers of intense juicy red fruit – with a almost coulis like core of sweet vibrant fruit. It’s beautifully balanced and pure, with a very ine transparancy.… Read the full article →
The Gevrey Les Perrieres is somewhat overlooked in the Pacalet collection – but the 2012 version certainly deserves your attention. The bouquet is slightly reduced currently but is nevertheless showing layers of ripe red fruits – notes of raspberries and cherries – spiced with allspice and violets. The palate is offering quite powerful aromatics – with a more intense and tightly knit structure than the very charming Chambolle 1er cru. A beautiful Gevrey 1er in the making.
The Pommard 1er cru confirm the high quality of the Pommard village. The nose is slightly reduced but showing notes of red and black cherries – spiced with cinnamon and white pepper. On the palate intense and quite rich red fruit – matched well by the muscular Pommard terroir. It’s refined and quite charming for a Pommard – and very well balanced – lovely effort despite the quite horrible weather conditions in the southern Burgundy.
The Vosne-Romanee village is really showing well. The bouquet is very forward with a layers of lovely red fruit – notes of strawberries, raspberries and cassis – spiced with violets, cinnamon and white peppar.The fruit is somewhat darker than the ofther village wines, and show additional depth, focus and nuances – very impressive for this level. A lovely intense village with a nice terroir expression.
The Nuits-Saint-Georges village 2012 is a step up in concentration. In the nose lovely sweet pinot fruit, with notes of red and dark cherries and raspberries – spiced up with cinnamon and a hint of white pepper. On the palate more muscular and rustic than the Chambolle village, showing true Nuits-Saint-Georges character. Quite impressed by the layers of intense vibrant fruit – and the matching framework of tannins and minerality.
The Chambolle village 2012 is as always a step up in delicacy and refinement. The bouquet is slightly closed – but still showing notes of forest strawberries, cherries and pommegranate – spiced with hints of allspice and cinnamon. On the palate delicate but quite rubust fruit – intense with a lovely playful Chambolle minerality. More tannins than usual – but still juicy with a good energy and nerve. The transparancy is fine – love the terroir expression in this wine. More weighty than both the 2011 and 2010 – could perhaps rival the lovely 2010.… Read the full article →