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Bachelder Les Villages Pinot Noir 2016

Canada, Ontario
90 WA
90 WA
91 GM
Bachelder Les Villages Pinot Noir 2016

The 'Les Villages' series occupies a rung just below the top single-vineyard expressions from Thomas Bachelder, but consists of fruit from those same vineyards, making it a great value series!

Country Canada
Province Ontario
Region Niagara Peninsula
Producer Bachelder Wines
Vintage 2016
Color Red Wine
Varietal(s) Pinot Noir
¥4,950

The 'Les Villages' series occupies a rung just below the top single-vineyard expressions from Thomas Bachelder, but consists of fruit from those same vineyards, making it a great value series!

Country Canada
Province Ontario
Region Niagara Peninsula
Producer Bachelder Wines
Vintage 2016
Color Red Wine
Varietal(s) Pinot Noir
Data
Closure Cork
Volume 750ml
Alcohol 12.5%
Product Code A017R00316
UPC 185729000460
Inventory In Stock (98)
Owning & Enjoying

Tasting notes

les Villages' is a floral and mineral-scented reserve blend of older Pinot Noir vines from the limestone-laced vineyards of Niagara. This is sourced from a blend of Niagara terroirs but still has that signature perfumed nose that all Bachelder Pinots possess to go with savoury cherries, raspberry bramble, earth and light oak spices from neutral oak aging for 18 months.

Press
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Michael Godel.  Les Villages takes the Niagara ordinaire in regional appellative form and extends the olive branch to rise up and express an ordinance in commun guise. The expectation for fruit to seem more evolved or advanced is certainly not unusual and that it does with township charm and a farmer's honesty. The idea is Burgundian, of a village and its surrounding vineyards all owing to the central theme of people, place and of course, climat. This has charm, nary a moment of whole bunch wood-refraction and all the cherry fruit you could want. Delightful and humble for a non-invasive, non-confrontational, humbling pinot noir experience.
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John Szabo, MS.  A bright, light, dusty, faded red fruit and floral expression of pinot, sweet and engaging, delicate and light. The palate is supple, silky, light and soft but with sufficient acid backbone to buoy the ensemble, with such light and fine-grained tannins. I like the finesse and delicacy on offer. Toute en finesse; for current enjoyment. 
91Globe and Mail
Chris Waters,(Special to the Globe and Mail), This bright and ripe pinot noir benefits from a large portion of Wismer Vineyard fruit that was originally set aside to be a more expensive single-vineyard release. Winemaker Thomas Bachelder felt it didn’t make the grade, so it’s adding considerable weight and intensity to this entry-level release.
Production

Appellation

VQA Niagara Peninsula

Vinification

Aged in neutral oak for 18 months

Producer

Producer Description

In just over a decade, Thomas Bachelder has made a name for himself as a producer of world class, terroir-based, organic Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in Burgundy, Oregon and Niagara. With their two young daughters in tow, Thomas and his wife Mary Delaney have unwittingly become wine gypsies, following their passion to produce terroirrevealing wines from these two most noble Burgundian grapes.

Made with intention

They make wines from local terroirs using ‘wild’ (indigenous) yeasts, using organic vineyards wherever possible. Everything goes to barrel for long ageing. The intent is to make pure, suavely-textured wines that sing lightly and clearly of their vineyard origins with as little makeup as possible – wines that are finely-perfumed and tightly-wound, offering the classic refined fruit and textured minerality of the delicate silt, clay and dolomitic limestone-laced ancient lakebed terroirs of Niagara.

A little note from Thomas and Mary

We’re inspired by the love of our spiritual home – Burgundy – where the grapes we love originally evolved, where even the tiniest of vineyards are put separately into a bottle. Our aim is to help discover, quantify and name the Terroirs of Niagara, one-by-one, from west (just outside Hamilton) to east (just outside the “Old Town” of Niagara-on-the-Lake) – and to deliver their energy and their purity of spirit to your glass! Pull the cork and dream of the vineyard from which it comes!

Santé! Cheers!
Thomas & Mary Delaney-Bachelder
 

“…Bachelder is evidently on a monk’s errand to map out the escarpment with Burgundian-like precision.” - John Szabo, MS

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