2018 Philippe Pacalet Pommard
Philippe Pacalet is a winemaker who does not own any land. At the start in 2001, a conscious decision was made to rent only plots in view of the astronomical amounts that are asked for the purchase of vineyards in the Côtes de Nuits and Côtes de Beaune. Philippe is a cousin of Marcel Lapierre and an admirer of Jules Chauvet. It should come as no surprise with these 2 as a source of inspiration and mentor, the approach is to make wines as natural as possible.
Since 2008, it has a 19th century building in the heart of Beaune for the vinification and elevation of its wines. The harvest is not destemmed, the fermentation takes place in open wooden casks, and no sulfur is used during this process. The bottling is done manually, without pumps and only by using gravity after an elevation on barriques (never new). The wines of Pacalet are distinguished by an unseen aromatic purity. They do not grab you by the throat but seduce you by their freshness and elegance.
This Pacalet Bourgogne comes from the famous AOC Pommard appellation. Pommard is one of those legendary appellations of the Côte d'Or (Côte de Beaune). The appellation is wedged between the wine regions of Beaune (in the north) and Volnay (in the south). In the appellation Pommard AOC or Pommard Premier Cru AOC, only red wines are made. The name Pommard comes from the goddess of garden fruits, Pomona.
The Pacalet Pommard is a 100% Pinot Noir coming from 60-year-old vines on clay-limestone soils rich in silt and lime. The vineyard (you) has a south-eastern location and the vineyard is biodynamically managed. The fermentation takes place in open wooden cuves using our own yeast cells. Extraction by pigeage (by feet) for 3-4 weeks. The rearing is "sur lies" on oak barriques from 1-3 years for 15-17 months without SO2 (sulphur). The wine is not filtered before bottling. Everything is done according to the principles of biodynamic viticulture.
The Pacalet Pommard is pure and concentrated, it jumps out of your glass in terms of smell and has a nice long aftertaste. The wine is rich, mineral, spicy and fruity with red fruits and spices. On the palate, the wine is medium-bodied, elegant but also somewhat fleshy, robust and slightly tannic.
|Type of Wine||Red|
|Drinking as of||2021|
|James Suckling rating||93|
|Tasting Profiles||Earthy, Rustic, Complex, Dry, Fruity, Aged on wood, Mineral, Red fruit, Flexible|
|Drink moments||Cadeau!, Lekker luxe, Met vrienden, Open haard, Romantisch|