Grapelive Wine of the Day
By Kerry Winslow
2009 Domaine Philipppe Pacalet Pommard, Red Burgundy.
This is one of the prettiest Pommard wines I’ve ever had if not the prettiest, with delicate detail and elegance not often seen in this area of Burgundy. Pacalet works with special plots and has his vines tended mostly, completely organic and he is very gentle in his winemaking and uses native and natural yeast, all of which shines through in his lovely village wines. I tasted through most of his 2009 bottlings, and found all of his wines interesting and soulful with clean vibrant flavors and smooth textures. The 2009 Pacalet Pommard is soft and beautiful with perfume, minerals and bright red fruits flowing across the palate, while the nose has rose petals, truffle and exotic spices. There is only a whisper of smoke and sweet oak shadings that is very subtle and frames the fruit perfectly. I have learned that Pacalet stirs (or rolls) the wine on the lees to produce creamy round wines, even though he uses stem inclusion for structure, in fact he reportedly used 100% stems in all of his 2009 reds. These are wonderful wines and this Pommard is a fine effort that is intriguing and seductive from start to finish.
($85 Est.) 94 Points, grapelive
Available at www.sfwtc.com ($84.95)