Philippe Pacalet is one of my favorite winemakers in Burgundy. I love the style of the wines, the drinkability, the lightness, the purity, the delicate expression of pinot fruit and the terroir….
First visit to Philippe Pacalet
It’s allways a pleasure to taste wines with Philippe and his wife Mônica, but I never had the opportunity to visit them in Burgundy.
Finally in May 2012 I had the possibility to visit Philippe Pacalet in Beaune to taste the 2011 vintage from cask.
It was quite a big tasting with 24 wines, and in this article I will only cover the village wines and the 1er crus. The Grand Crus and the whites will follow shortly in another article.
Notes from tasting May 3rd 2012 – Red village wines and 1er cru’s
The wines are all quite accessible and charming, and all wines have very nice nuanced pinot aromas. The fruits in the 2011 Pacalet wines is juicy, and the expression of the terroir is very good, as the wines are quite transparent. The acidity is quite fresh and vith a good nerve – quite promising.
Gevrey Chambertin 2011
The Gevrey Chambertin show fine delicate red fruit and good freshness. In the nose cherries, pommegranate with hints of allspice and cinnamon. On the palate fresh red fruits, a good freshness and nervy acidity. High drinkability and likeability is the keywords
Good (87 – 88p) CASK
Chambolle Musigny 2011
The Chambolle village is a step up in delicacy and refinement. In the bouquet is quite expressive with forrest strawberries, cherries, notes of pommegranate, allspice and cinnamon. On the palate delicate, refined and juicy red pinot fruit, a fine minerality and acidity. Very transparant with a fine expression of the terroir. A lovely elegant and refined village wine.
Very Good (89 – 90p) CASK
The Nuits-Saint-Georges village is a step up in concentration. In the nose lovely sweet pinot fruit, with notes of strawberries and raspberries – spiced up with cinnamon and a hint of allspice. On the palate more lush than the Chambolle village, but also less refined and transparant. The NSG village offer a lot of pleasure and is quality wise very close to the more refined and delicate Chambolle. Enjoy!
Very Good(88 – 89p) CASK
Beaune Les Perrieres 2011
The Beaune Perriere 1. cru offer more depth and concenation than the village wines. In the bouquet strawberries, gooseberries and cherries with a perfumed hints of cinnamon and oriental spices. On the palate good depth in the fruit, a fine balance and length. More spicy than the other wines, but still refined and delicate.
Very Good (89 – 90p) CASK
Pommard 1er cru 2011
The Pommard 1. cru is somewhat darker than the other Pacalet reds. In the nose raspberries, black cherries with notes of strawberries, peppar and cinnamon. On the palate a darker expression of the fruit with a more tannins. A more muscular and less refined wine, but still a very good wine.
Very Good (89 – 90p) CASK
Chambolle 1er cru 2011
The Chambolle 1er cru 2011 is a lovely wine. In the bouquet red forrest berries, strawberries and raspberries, with hints of pommegranate, cinnamon and allspice. On the palate layers of fine ripe and delicate red pinot fruit. This wine is juicy and refined – with very fine transparancy and balance. A fine or perhaps even very fine wine in the making – I love this wine!
Fine+ (91 – 92p) CASK
Nuits-Saint-Georges 1. cru 2011
The NSG 1. cru is another beautiful wine. In the bouquet strawberries, raspberries and cherries, spized with a hint of pommegranate and cinnamon. On the palate fine delicate pinot flavors, with a fine depth in the fruit. Perhaps not as delicate and refined as the Chambolle 1er cru, but a lovely juicy wine.
Fine (90 – 91p) CASK
Gevrey Chambertin, Bel Air 2011
The Gevrey Chambertin Bel Air is one of my favorite Pacalet wines. In the nose a lovely expression of delicate pinot fruit – black cherries, cherries, raspberries and hints of gooseberries and cinnamon. It’s somewhat darker and more masculine than the Chambolle and NSG 1er crus. On the palate layers of red and dark pinot fruit – quite tightly knit with a strong underlaying minerality. It’s not a big powerhouse, but a very focused and mineral driven wine.
Fine (91 – 92p) CASK
Gevrey Chambertin, Les Perrieres 2011
The Gevrey Chambertin Perrieres is a softer and richer wine than the Bel Air. In the bouquet ripe and quite sweet pinot fruit with notes of strawberries, raspberries and cherries. On the palate quite rich with layers of cool but sweet pinot fruit, well balanced and very charming. I prefer the minerality of the Bel Air, but this wine offer a more rich and lush expression of pinot fruit – pick your choise!
Fine (90 – 92p) CASK
Gevrey Chambertin, Laveaux St. Jacques 2011
The Lavaux St. Jacques is a very refined effort. In the nose layers of delicate pinot fruit with notes of strawberries, raspberries, and with a refined minerality. On the palate layers of juicy red pinot fruit, refined and with a good complexity and depth. A lovely wine in the making.
Fine+ (91 – 93p) CASK
Vosne Romanee, Les Chaumes 2011
The Vosne Chaumes is a new wine in the Pacalet collection – 2011 is the first vintage. The new plot in 1er cru Chaumes have very old vines planted in 1937, and should yield some exiting wines. In the bouquet the Vosne Chaumes offers lovely pinot aromas – strawberries, cherries and raspberries spiced with hints of violets, allspice and cinnamon. On the palate good depth in the juicy fruit, fine mid-palate concentration – and very well balanced with a fine length. Will be very interesting to folow this wine.
Fine+ (92 – 93p) CASK
2011 compared to the 2010 vintage
Philippe Pacalet has produced very fine wines in both 2010 and 2011. In my view both vintages really suits the domaine style, as the quite transparant style of the vintages is a perfect match for the style of the domaine.
The overall impression of the 2011 is along the same lines we found on the other domaines. Very nice nuanced and refined pinot flavors, quite transparant expression of the terrroir – a terroir driven and quite classical vintage – judged based on the current stage of development in cask.
While the 2011 Pacalet wines are charming and very fine, the 2010 vintage is in my view clearly the better vintage – with the unique transparancy and delicate balance. But the 2011 will provide good drinking while we are waiting for the 2010 vintage.
Tasting Notes for this producer
- Philippe Pacalet, Corton Charlemagne 2010 February 5, 2015
- Philippe Pacalet, Vosne Romanee 2012 February 4, 2015
- Philippe Pacalet, Puligny Montrachet 2013 January 16, 2015
- Philippe Pacalet, Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2013 November 13, 2014
- Philippe Pacalet, Chambolle-Musigny 1er cru 2009 September 17, 2014
- Philippe Pacalet, Gevrey Chambertin, Laveaux St. Jacques 2013 September 13, 2014
- Philippe Pacalet, Gevrey Chambertin, Bel Air 2013 September 11, 2014
- Philippe Pacalet, Vosne Romanee, Les Chaumes 2013 September 9, 2014
- Philippe Pacalet, Chambolle Musigny 1er cru 2013 September 5, 2014
- Philippe Pacalet, Nuits-Saint-George 1er cru 2013 September 4, 2014
- Philippe Pacalet, Pommard 2013 August 19, 2014
- Philippe Pacalet, Nuits-Saint-Georges 2013 August 16, 2014
- Philippe Pacalet, Chambolle-Musigny 2013 August 15, 2014
- Philippe Pacalet, Vosne-Romanee 2013 August 13, 2014
- Philippe Pacalet, Gevrey-Chambertin 2013 August 12, 2014
- Philippe Pacalet, Chambolle-Musigny 2012 August 10, 2014
- Philippe Pacalet, Charmes Chambertin 2013 August 5, 2014
- Philippe Pacalet, Ruchottes-Chambertin 2013 August 2, 2014
- Philippe Pacalet, Echezeaux 2013 July 31, 2014
- Philippe Pacalet, Gevrey Chambertin 2012 July 26, 2014
- Philippe Pacalet, Gevrey-Chambertin Lavaux St. Jacques 2012 July 20, 2014
- Philippe Pacalet, Echezeaux 2012 July 19, 2014
- Philippe Pacalet, Chambolle Musigny 2012 June 18, 2014
- Philippe Pacalet, Gevrey-Chambertin Bel-Air 2012 June 12, 2014
- Philippe Pacalet, Puligny-Montrachet 2012 June 11, 2014
- Philippe Pacalet, Nuits-Saint-Georges 2012 June 7, 2014
- Philippe Pacalet, Aligote 2012 February 20, 2014
- Philippe Pacalet, Echezeaux 2011 February 19, 2014
- Philippe Pacalet, Bourgogne Vieilles Vignes 2012 January 17, 2014
- Philippe Pacalet, Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er cru 2008 November 21, 2013
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