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Christophe Pacalet Cote de Brouilly
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Christophe Pacalet Cote de Brouilly 2016

Beaujolais, Burgundy, FranceChristophe Pacalet is the nephew of revered biodynamic and naturalist wine pioneer Marcel Lapierre, and with advice and support from his uncle Marcel, he took a leap of faith in 1999 and opened his own boutique winery. He raises all his crus in neutral Burgundy barrels, employs minimal intervention and makes wines from various Beaujolais crus, expressing the distinct terroir. This Cru Bojo comes from the distinct granite, diorite (volcanic rock) and schist soils of Côte de Brouilly. This was carbonically macerated at cool temperatures, fermented wild, before 6-9 months on fine lees, without any sulphur inputs. Pouring a dusky, cloudy hue (hinting to its unfined and unfiltered heritage), this has a pure core of bright, natural plum. There's a youthful wrap of wild blueberry, brambleberry and pink peppercorn spicing that is hemmed in by fine, tight tannins, and kept aloft with pixellated acidity. A thread of perfumed blue/purple florals weaves throughout this light on its feet wine (12.5 percent). For drinking now, liberally, with a slight chill.Tasted: 18 April 2018Tasted by: Treve RingPrices: BC 32.00 private wine stores Producer: Christophe PacaletDistributors: Racine Wine Imports
Varietal: Gamay NoirCSPC: 644823UPC: 626990183082