There are a lot of winemakers people like to call “legendary", Philippe Pacalet has become one such winemaker, but his fame was earned not only for his skills in the cellar.
It is because he is one of the strongest living links to two of the most seminal figures in artisanal French winemaking: Jules Chauvet, and Marcel Lapierre. Philippe is Burgundian, but from a little further south then Beaune – he is the nephew of Marcel Lapierre, the renowned ‘natural’ winemaker from the Beaujolais. Initially Philippe worked in the Beaujolais with Jules Chauvet, considered to be the father-figure of the ‘natural wine movement’ from 1986 until Chauvet’s death in 1989. In 1991 Philippe jumped from Beaujolais to become the winemaker at Domaine Prieuré-Roch in Nuits St.Georges, he stayed here until 1999. From 2000 he began his journey with his own label, while also making the wines for and with the Sabre family in Beaune. Philippe’s first vintage under his own name was 2001 and now he is dedicated solely to his own wines.