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Volnay Premier Cru Robardelle, Philippe Pacalet, 2021

Volnay Premier Cru Robardelle, Philippe Pacalet, 2021

Philippe Pacalet | Burgundy, France | 75cl
  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
Regular price £750.00
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Thanks to an itinerary change we were able to spend well over two hours with Philippe in his cellar and tasted everything – including several cuvées from different aged barrels – first from new oak and then from others ten year old.

Putting senior Premier Crus and Grand Crus in decade old oak (constantly filled) is a classic example of how, like everything about his wines, Philippe marches to the beat of his own drum.
Philippe echoed the conversations we’d had with several other winemakers about climate change adding that “the vines are adapting quicker than we are”. He suggests the hot vintages from 2015 to 2020 (excepting the cooler 2017) resemble the post war years 1945-49 that were also replete with extraordinary ‘vins gards’. “We have more tannins, more acids, more sugars, more aromatics, more everything”. He doesn’t worry about sorting the grapes as the dry harvests ensure the grapes always arrive in perfect physiological health.

He also appreciates the hot summers when out working the vines. “We used to have cold, wet summers like in England, being in the vineyards was shit, I prefer it now”.

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About Philippe Pacalet

Philippe Pacalet is easily one of our favourite Burgundians, combining a wicked sense of humour with his own bold approach to winemaking that has placed him at the forefront of the Cote d’Or

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