le-pinot-noirA friend of mine from Chile came to lunch and gave me a bottle of Thierry Villard’s Le Pinot Noir 2012.

Dark and opaque, this wine showed remarkable flavours of black cherry, chocolate and plum – lightly oaked with plenty of grip and a lingering finish. At 14.5% abv it’s not for children but you really don’t feel the alcohol (at least, not until later) and was the perfect accompaniment to the guinea fowl we had for lunch. Certainly broachable now, but good for at least another five years, this is available in the UK at The Wine Society for a very reasonable £14.95 a bottle.

Thierry Villard is an experienced French vigneron, whose international claim to fame, I suppose, was being involved in the creation of the Jacob’s Creek brand in South Australia before settling in the country of his wife’s birth, Chile. Setting up in the cool climate area of Casablanca, he produces a number of varietals in small quantities.

We have had limited experience of tasting his wines but this one certainly gives us the incentive to seek out more of his wines for reporting in the next edition of Wine behind the label.

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