We are delighted to report that Philippe Pacalet has been named Negociant Of The Year 2017 by La Revue Du Vin de France. Philippe produces pure and thrilling Burgundies, and we are proud to have a direct partnership with him.
The full report, with video and slideshow (in French) is here: http://www.larvf.com/,vin-soiree-grands-prix-alain-juppe-vigneron-selosse,4516507.asp
Finally, we are pleased to say that Philippe's 2015s were reviewed by Jancis Robinson on JancisRobinson.com:
- Drink 2019-2023
Parcel towards the quarry.
Not much nose. Lightly honeyed but a bit dull.
- Drink 2019-2023
50-year-old vines. Since 2011 they age them less than the reds to keep the freshness.
Deep and dense and lightly honeyed. Lemon and herbs and very tight on the end.
- Drink 2019-2025
Pinot Blanc on calcareous soils. On the north of the RN74.
Very charming and round. Smoky and made in old foudre. Good acid and substance.
- Drink 2021-2031
From 2001. Planted in 1929.
Honeysuckle nose and good freshness. Real hazelnut and herbs. Very true to appellation. Not the richest Corton-Charlemagne I have found but well done.
- Drink 2017-2024
Aged in big casks. Dark crimson. Very dark crimson. Lots of stuffing! Very dramatic dense, ripe fruit. Very firm tannins. Super-opulent purple fruits. Lots of tannin.13.5%
- Drink 2019-2026
He leases a parcel around the mill that his uncle Marcel Lapierre of Morgon described as the Romanée-Conti of Beaujolais. In large foudres. Semi-carbonic maceration with pigeage. 65- to 70-year-old vines. Granite, pink sand.
Very floral and almost inky. Very concentrated and rich. Really quite extraordinary. 1985 produced wines like this in Beaujolais.
- Drink 2021-2030
Cask sample. Racked this morning. 100% stems.
Pale ruby. INAO objects to his pale colours. Rich and sumptuous on the nose. Sweet and round – tastes as though it had some liqueur in it! Exotic. A hint of sous bois. Finishes a bit suddenly after this wonderful start. Which costs it 0.5 points.
- Drink 2023-2032
Cask sample. 3 ha on 7 parcels. 12,000 bottles.
A strong raspberry perfume and lots of exotic fruit. Broad, almost rude. Lots of mineral backbone. Masses of very obvious fruit and a bit of tingle on the end.
- Drink 2023-2030
Cask sample. Two parcels towards Vosne. One in Boudots.
Quite developed aromatically. Without the energy of a typical Nuits on the nose. Round rosy sweet fruit to begin with and then lots of energy on the end. Lots to chew on. Finishes a little suddenly, in terms of fruit, but there is some stem energy. Chalky finish.
- Drink 2023-2031
Cask sample. Pale ruby. Very sweet and exotic on the nose. Then it tightens up but it’s a bit rustic in terms of tannins.
- Drink 2024-2032
Cask sample. Next to Bonnes Mares. On red clay.
Very rich and sweet on the nose and then distinctly drying on the end. A bit much.
- Drink 2023-2033
Cask sample. 2008 onwards. Very little clay. 12,000 vines per ha. 65-70 years old.
Liqueur nose. Very seductive. Dries a little towards the end. Needs lots of time. Bright fruit.
- Drink 2024-2038
Cask sample. Three parcels make up 0.4 ha.
Rich and glowing with animal fruit. Firm but the fruit covers the tannins nicely. Very dramatic.
- Drink 2023-2033
Cask sample. Planted 1937. Made this since 2011. Lots of pebbles. Touches Malconsorts and La Tâche.
Very energetic Vosne nose. Really racy and fruity. Massive – tastes almost like a fortified wine at first, before it tightens up.
- Drink 2022-2032
Cask sample. Very deep crimson. Fresh and ferny on the nose. Very firm spine. Very clean finish. Just a bit dry on the end. Cherry juice with a bit of wood. Drying finish.
- Drink 2025-2038
Cask sample. Next to Grands Échezeaux. Old vines, plants fins. Ploughed. Quite clayey parcel. Five rows of 300 m that take in all three soil types.
Bright crimson. Bitter cherry and masses of energy. Fizzy and with masses of life.
Cask sample. Near Clos St-Denis.
A bit reduced and tough at first with bright fruit underneath. Not a charmer for the moment!