2010PacaletMeursault2010 Maison Philippe Pacalet, Meursalt “Charmes” Premier Cru White Burgundy, France.
As exotic and unique as Pacalet’s red wines are, I was blown away by his stunning whites even more, especially his all natural Meursault Charmes Premier Cru, which is one of the most pure expressions of Chardonnay I can remember from Meursault in ages. This beauty has energy and vivid layers of flavors with striking mineral essences and amazing focus with wonderful extract density balanced by vigorous acidity in a smooth seamless wine. The nose is still a bit shy, but with coaxing it opens to reveal white flowers, river stones and clove spice leading to a gripping palate of lemon, green apple and white peach with hints of wet rocks, fennel and hazelnuts. The firm structure gives was to round mouth filling texture which feels creamy and hedonistic, without losing poise or life at anytime, this is wonderful Chardonnay and it should really come good with another 2 to 3 years in bottle, watch out, Philippe Pacalet could turn Burgundy on it’s ear, this is a label to follow for many years to come. It’s time to take “Natural Wines” seriously, especially Pacalet’s handcrafted artisan gems.
($149 Est.) 92-93 Points, grapelive

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