Clear, dark ruby. Red fruit and apple aromas and a whiff of spices; ripe and juicy, plums and cherries and tart, snappy acidity in the flavor, with a touch of oak and a back note of soft tannins. Rather simple, not a great deal of Pinot character, but it’s a decent, versatile table red that shows Pinot Noir’s easy affinity for a wide variety of foods. Modest 12.5% enhances its simple grace at the dinner table. U.S. importer: Johns Island Imports, Edwardsville, Ill. (Sept. 12, 2015 and Nov. 26, 2015)
FOOD MATCH: At a Thanksgiving Day dinner, it showed the versatility of Pinot by pairing effortlessly with both light and dark turkey meat and a delicious variety of side dishes. Another bottle served with a more everyday dinner went very well with both the mushrooms and cheese components of a dish crafted to match: fettuccine with mushrooms in Parmigiano cream.
WHEN TO DRINK: While this bottle isn’t intended for long-term cellaring, its balance and Pinot’s nature – ably assisted by a sturdy modern metal screw cap – should keep it safe for several years under good, cool-temperature cellar conditions.
VALUE: Wine-Searcher.com’s free search option returns only one hit on Domaine de Bachellery Pays d’Oc Pinot Noir, but its estimated $11 U.S. retail confirms my assessment that $12 is a fair value for this everyday but drinkable Pinot.
WEB LINKS Here’s Domaine de Bachellery’s English-language page on its Pinot Noir. Click the tiny flag link if you’d like to see it in the original French.
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