This is THE super raising star of Burgundy right now, I can get super geeky with you, but so far, each time I or any of my colleague, clients, friends, etc tasted this wine we immediately fall in love. He can make super high quality, polish and delicious wines in the most natural style of winemaking wild using wild yeast.
His wines are gaining international attention quickly (especially in USA and Asia) and I highly recommend you stash a few bottles of his wines before it become impossible to acquire! It absolutely have a place in any wine collector’s cellar, the 2014 is a lovely, classic and beautifully vintage that can be enjoyed now or aged for another 7-10 years.
*****If you want to geek out, here is all the details******
Philippe Pacalet was born into a family of winemakers whose tradition in the craft dates back to 1780. He is an oenologist graduate who specialized in natural yeasts, majoring in organic viticulture and natural winemaking. Philippe had no shortage of role models starting out. He was mentored by Jules Chauvet, who is credited with building the basis of natural oenology and wine tasting. Furthermore, Philippe is the nephew of Marcel Lapierre, a legendary natural winemaker in Beaujolais. Following in both his mentor’s and his uncle’s footsteps, he has become one of the leading natural winemakers in Burgundy, producing wines with minimal intervention to ensure that the terroir is as transparent as possible in his selections.
Philippe began making his own wines in 2001 after 10 years of working for a distinguished estate in Côte de Nuits. He does not possess his own vineyards but is cautious to contract with growers who work organically and sustainably, following his own rigid set of beliefs. Philippe is an advocate for organic farming, as it allows for good fertility and high quality wild yeasts as well as the growth of microorganisms in the soil which helps to nourish the vines. He firmly feels that grape variety is also vital and having rootstock with good genetics that stem deeply in the soil makes a difference. Philippe produces wines from some of the most renowned appellations of Côte d’Or. Pommard, Gevrey-Chambertin, Meursault, Chambolle Musigny, Puligny-Montrachet, Vosne-Romanée and Nuits-Saint-Georges include some of the villages where he strategically chose vineyard parcels that parallel with the principles of his work.
Philippe personally supervises farming of these vineyards throughout each phase and ensures harvest is performed manually by his team. Being that terroir is of utmost importance to him, Philippe removes anything from the vinification process that can obscure the purity of the land, allowing each wine’s specific characteristics to shine through. His goal is to keep these factors as constant as possible so that the origin is expressed which he carries out by utilizing wild yeasts (of which one may find 30 different species in a vineyard creating diversity and consequently, complexity) to aid in fermentation and only using sulfur at bottling. All grapes are handpicked and undergo a strict selection while still in the vineyards before being transported to Philippe’s winery in Beaune where they are whole bunch fermented, undergo a lengthy maceration and the traditional foot stomping, which is known as pigeage in France. Aging always takes place on fine lees in used oak. Philippe’s overall philosophy is “Authenticity, Non-Interventionism and Cultural Experience.” All of his care and attention to detail results in unrivaled top quality wines of stunning clarity.