Burgundy / White / Chardonnay / Organic, Biodynamic
Monthelie AOC, Burgundy
He uses his own team to hand harvest; and the grapes are sorted in the vineyard before being brought to the winery. Here they are fermented - always 100% whole cluster - in large, open top vats. He carries out a long maceration where the grapes are foot-trodden and the cap is punched down twice a day. After pressing, the wine is then added to the free run juice and both undergo malolactic fermentation in barrel using only native yeasts.
Notes on the Producer
Philippe Pacalet is a now legendary figure of natural wine in Burgundy. He is the nephew of Marcel Lapierre, who trained him from 1985 to 1991, leaving an indelible mark on Philippe. A sensitivity towards this type of wine would seem to be in the family genes. Philippe then got noticed by Henry-Frédéric Roch, who would entrust him with vinifications at Prieuré-Roch from 1991 to 2001... An impeccable track record, needless to say. In 2001, Philippe took the next leap and moved to Beaune to make a name for himself. Quickly confronted with the reality of Burgundy land values, he decided to rent parcels in Chablis, Côtes de Beaune and Côtes de Nuits. Today, he farms 10 hectares for a total annual production of around 50000 bottles. The vinifications are done with whole bunches, no sulphur, long barrel ageing, the work of a precision craftsman whose only goal is to best express each climat or terroir, and to do so only using artisanal methods. Even the bottling is done by hand!