Philippe Pacalet

Beaune, France

Philippe Pacalet is a vigneron of the young generation in Burgundy.
He is 41, was formerly estate manager at the Domaine Prieuré Roch (until 1999), he now rents a collection of vineyard plots in the Beaune area and expertly vinifies his natural wines in 3 differents chais a few kilometers from each other.
His wines are now widely appreciated, in France and abroad . We visit his first location, in Beaune. There, in an old building in the historic part of the town, he vinifies for Domaine Sabre from the grapes of a 2,5 hectare vineyard surface, scattered over a number of plots : Generic red Burgundy (Pinot Noir of course), generic white (Chardonnay), a little of Bourgogne Aligoté, Pommard (1 hectare) and Beaune 1er Cru. Even when working for Sabre, he puts his personal imprint on the wine, and the labels say “Domaine Sabre – Philippe Pacalet”.

His viticulture philosophy is close to biodynamic principles, but he prefers not to follow fixed rules or integrate any official certification organization.