2015 Philippe Pacalet Ruchottes-Chambertin (750ml)15 0 0 0
20-95 Allen Meadows - Burghound
A conspicuously spicy, floral and sauvage-inflected nose displays a notably ripe yet wonderfully fresh combination of red currant and dark raspberries. The rich, intense, sleekly muscular and overtly mineral-driven flavors culminate in a youthfully austere, backward and hugely long finish. This is very Gevrey in style and be aware that this will need extended cellaring as it's definitely very firmly structured.
The iconoclastic Philippe Pacalet, who is the nephew of the late Marcel Lapierre and who was for years the régisseur (estate manager) for Henri Roch of Domaine Prieuré-Roch, started his own négociant operation in 2001. He has moved operations from Gevrey to Nuits and now to Beaune and has installed himself in the old de Montille cellars near the railroad station, which I might add are ice cold. Pacalet describes 2015 as a vintage "that really couldn't have been much easier. The weather was hot and dry with no important disease pressure, no hail and no Suzukii flies - simple! I chose to begin picking on the 5th of September and the fruit was essentially perfect in that it was super-clean and ripe with moderate alcohols of around 12.5%. The acidities were solid as well as the post-malo pHs came in between 3.45 and 3.55 which is pretty much textbook. I used 100% whole clusters and the skins were so thick that the extractions came so easily that I did exactly one punch down total. What I find so interesting about the wines given how hot the season was is how fresh they are; in fact they remind me of the 1985s. If the 2015s are like the 1985s they should drink well young, in middle age and 30 years from now." He also noted that the wines will be bottled without fining or filtration and it's interesting to note that Pacalet is one of the few remaining domaines that still do the mise (bottling) by hand. As the ratings and commentaries demonstrate, I found the quality here to be exceptionally good