Ruchottes Chambertin 2006 Philippe Pacalet
|Streek||Bourgogne, Cotes de Nuits|
A nose of black licorice, star anise, and smoked meat in Pacalet's 2006 Ruchottes-Chambertin, but what follows on the palate is not only carnal and spicy but quite exotic in its hints at over-ripe fruit and musk at the same time as it is treble and bright in its suggestions of distilled red fruit and citrus oil. This is an amazingly complex and fascinated ? but, I am tempted to say amazingly mixed up ? wine. Like its Charmes sibling, it's long and penetrating, but lacks that wine's clarity. Perhaps on another day, or in another year?
Somewhat unexpectedly, this is a noticeable step up in overall elegance, particularly aromatically with its cool, reserved and ultra refined nose of truffle-infused blue pinot fruit nose nuanced by hints of earth and a?sauvage?quality that is picked up by the restrained, detailed and taut flavors that possess really lovely depth and balance. This is a wine of harmony, indeed there is a Zen-like quality to it. The wine of the range.