“We work without sulphites in vinification, no added yeasts and with whole grapes. This means we need grapes that are at their top, and for that we need a good job in the vineyards so we are able to succeed in our process.” - Philippe Pacalet
The nephew of Marcel Lapierre, a revered Beaujolais producer and Chauvet compatriot, Pacalet was schooled to think of terroir first and foremost from a young age. He worked with Chauvet for three years before the latter’s death in 1989. Between Lapierre, his uncle’s friend, the legendary Jacques Neauport, and Chauvet, he built a solid foundation before crossing the border in 1991 to Domaine Prieure-Roch (Owner Domaine de la romanee conti) in Burgundy. Here, Pacalet was exposed to new perspectives. He applied what he had learned about natural winemaking and deepened his knowledge of the different appellations in Burgundy.