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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Philippe Pacalet, Aligote 2012

The Aligote 2012 from Pacalet is a lovely vibrant effort. Crisp and zappy nose with lovely citrus and a nice spicy note from the aligote grape and the minerality. On the palate fresh and vibrant with a lively focused fruit … love the energy and focusing acidity. A crisp and fresh aligote … very enjoyable.

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

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Philippe Pacalet, Bourgogne Vieilles Vignes 2012

The Philippe Pacalet Bourgogne Vieilles Vignes 2012 has developed quite a lot during the last few month. The red fruit is more present in the nose – notes of red cherries, pomegranate, strawberries … more resolved and more depth than three month ago. On the palate rich and quite opulent fruit for this level – nice core of sweet red berry fruit – quite transparent, with more sweetness and focus now. A charming and quite adorable glass of pinot .. nothing big … just enjoy and be happy – consistent notes.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2015) – Good (85p) – Tasted 17/01/2014

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Philippe Pacalet, Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er cru 2008

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.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2017) – Fine+ (91p) – Tasted 19/11/2013

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Philippe Pacalet, Gevrey-Chambertin Bel-Air 2010

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.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2021) – Fine+ (92p) – Tasted 19/11/2013

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Philippe Pacalet, Gevrey Chambertin 2010

The Gevrey village 2010 from Philippe Pacalet is a delightfully transparent and delicate effort. In the nose crisp and airy red fruit – spiced with cinnamon, allspice and a nice earthy minerality. On the palate a lightfooted and delicate expression of pinot fruit – transparent and very airy with a lovely display of terroir. Not a big wine … but delightful with a tremendous drinkability .. the 2010s from Pacalet are magnificent

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2018) – Very Good (88p) – Tasted 16/10/2013

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Philippe Pacalet, Bourgogne Vieilles Vignes 2012

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.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2015) – Good (85p) – Tasted 12/10/2013

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Philippe Pacalet, Pinot Noir 2012

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.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from now) – Good (85p) – Tasted 08/10/2013

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Philippe Pacalet, Chambolle Musigny 1er cru 2011

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.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink From 2019) – Fine (91p) – Tasted 09/09/2013

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Philippe Pacalet, Chambolle Musigny 1er cru 2007

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. Will keep some years but I really enjoy it now.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink From Now) – Very Good+ (90p) – Tasted 20/07/2013

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