Philippe Pacalet is no landowner but rather a flying winemaker who rents carefully selected vineyards belonging to old Burgundian winegrowers famous for their top quality terroirs. He worked as an oenologist till 1999 then started his winemaking career at Domain Sabre in Beaune. Later he worked at Michel Couvreur’s, a famous whiskygrower in Bouze-les-Beaune.Today Philippe works right in Beaune city centre in a warehouse once used for the wine trade. He keeps travelling across the vineyards and he works the soils with the aim of bringing back life into them. His team picks up perfectly ripe grapes by hand in scattered vineyards. He operates 8 hectares of vineyards located in Côte-de-Beaune, Côte d’Or and Chablis and produces around 45,000 bottles a year.
Also a few hectares of Beaujolais vines produce wines for a Japanese customer. After almost sulphur-free vinification the juices are matured on their lees in barrels of several wines to avoid too woody notes and make sure oxidation is under control. Such gentle practices are pushed to extremes. For instance gravity flow bottling is carried out using a piece of equipment dating back to the 1960’s involving no pumping and corking is done by hand with a device coming right from the 19th century.