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.
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!
The Gevrey Chambertin Bel Air is a step up in intensity from the NSG 1er cru and the Chambolle 1er cru. In the bouquet layers of sweet red and dark berry fruit – notes of raspberries, cherries and white peppar. On the palete intense and juicy fruit – quite tightly structured by the impressive minerality of the Bel Air terroir. It’s powerful, focused, long and gorgeous.
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, pepper and allspice. The palate is crammed with layers of juicy fruit and a playful quite intense minerality. A more introvert and dark wine than the Laveaux – but the elements are there to rival the more forward and charming Gevrey.
The Chambolle 1er cru is one of my old favorites from Pacalet – have followed this wine with great pleasure since the 2002 vintage. The 2013 version of this wine seem to be another succes – although its a bit darker than usually. In the bouquet layers of juicy red and dark berry – notes of raspberries, dark cherries spiced with a classic Chambolle minerality and hints of allspice. On the palate layers of juicy fruit – quite intense and well structured. Love the expression of terroir and the effortless delivery of pinot fruit.
The Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er cru is a lovely wine although not quite in the same league as the 2012. In the nose – slightly reduced – but with layers of pure red and dark berry fruit, with notes of red and dark cherries – spiced with a quite intense earthy minerality, cinnamon and a hint of white pepper. On the palate quite intense with a pure quite dark fruit – but also a quite classic muscular expression of NSG terroir. Love the combination of NSG power and the delicate and forward fruit.
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 ….
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.