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.
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.
First round of the Burgundy stemware battle between Riedel Vinum, Pinot Noir and the challenger Zalto Burgundy
22/1/2014 – 20:15 CET – Root Day
Wine: Philippe Pacalet,Chambolle Musigny 2011
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.
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.
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.
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.
(Drink from 2021) – Fine+ (92p) – Tasted 19/11/2013
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
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.
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.
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.
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?
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. A truly beautiful Charmes.
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. A beautiful wine Vosne
(Drink from 2021) – Fine+ (92 – 93p) – Tasted 19/03/2013 from CASK
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. Lovely juice!
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. Will it rival the gorgeous 2010 – perhaps! Love this wine!!