Wine Tasting Video: Pinot Noir from Chile and France

Tasted 10 Pinots one afternoon, and split them over two videos. This should have been the second installment, but it’s ended up being the first. The first (with some Aussie and NZ Pinots) is here.

Laroche Viña Punto Alto El Chaparro Pinot Noir 2009, Casablanca, Chile (£16.99 Liberty Wines)
Classic Chilean fruit pastilles – here, it’s raspberry – and also slightly reduced, but there’s also reasonable plummy cherry flavour tinged with mint and liquorice, OK, but feels correct rather than wow. B

Veranda Oda Pinot Noir 2008, Bío-Bío, Chile (£27 Bibendum)
Alarming aroma of malt whisky-like iodine & peat, is it the wood? There’s OK red fruit character behind, even after the wine has had a chance to open up, that earthy woodiness still dominates. Doesn’t feel corked, but certainly doesn’t feel right. ?????

Domaine de l’Aigle Pinot Noir IGP Pays d’Oc 2009, Languedoc, France (£9.99 Majestic)
Lightish style that offers plenty of almost Grenache-like dusty warmth and sappy red fruit, but misses out on the Pinot allure & fragrance. B(-)

Domaine Jean Chauvenet Nuits St Georges 1er Cru Les Vaucrains 2001, Burgundy, France (N/A – The Wine Society has the 2004 for £39)
Has lost the bold sturdiness it had in its youth and is now showing casual, confident plum, berry and bramble plus a warm wild truffley undergrowth character – reminds me of a sleeker version of mature Châteauneuf du Pape! S(+)

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