Producer note: The iconoclastic Philippe Pacalet, who is the nephew of the late Marcel Lapierre and who was for years the régisseur (estate manager) for Henri Roch of Domaine Prieuré-Roch, started his own négociant operation in 2001. He has moved operations from Gevrey to Nuits and now to Beaune and has installed himself in the old de Montille cellars near the railroad station, which I might add are ice cold. The news here is that Pacalet revealed that he took over a 6 ha of vines in Ladoix for the 2016 vintage though he jokingly lamented that “much of it froze so it wasn’t the best way to kick things off!” He also briefly noted that “despite the tiny yields, I really like the quality of wines that the 2016 growing season produced. As usual I used 100% whole clusters and the skins were almost as thick as they were in 2016 so I did almost no punching down.” He also noted that the wines will be bottled without fining or filtration and it’s interesting to note that Pacalet is one of the few remaining domaines that still do the mise (bottling) by hand. (Oz Wine Company, www.ozwinecompany.com, MA, Cape Classics www.capeclassics.com, NY, both USA; Nathan Fine Wines Ltd, 852 2321 1169, Hong Kong; Wine Source, www.wine-source.com, UK).