At Le Carmin, we spent another wonderful evening in Beaune yesterday. The maître d’hôtel was superb. Merci beaucoup, monsieur! Not to mention, they’re dog-friendly, too. From their extensive wine menu, I picked the 2013 Philippe Pacalet Meursault.
Philippe Pacalet is a négociant based in Beaune. He has been making wine since the early 2000s. Today, he processes grapes from around 20 hectares of vineyards. His style of winemaking is natural in that he relies on spontaneous fermentation and not too much new oak.
Golden yellow colour. Pronounced legs in the glass. On the nose, ripe citrus fruits. Dried oranges, buttery aromas, honey and hazelnuts. Really quite expressive. Full-bodied and fleshy in the mouth, again with ripe fruits showing on the palate. Biscuits, orange marmalade perhaps, lemon tart, ripe Boskoop apples. Long-lasting finish. This is not the most elegant or mineral of Meursault expressions, but it is showing really well and with its richness turns out to be a match even for heartier dishes and desserts as well. Keeping in mind this is a village wine, it is really top quality. Drink now through 2026. DM92.