Feminine, attractive and never out of fashion; Pinot Noir is the LBD of the wine world. They vary of course: lean and tight, full bodied, well structured or light and floaty but one thing you can be sure of is that once you find one that you like they are with you for life. There are ones for every purse from designer to high street, the prices can vary as much as the styles which is why when you find one that’s affordable and makes you feel fabulous you know you have no choice but to snap it up or regret it forever.
Villa Blanche Pinot Noir 2013 from Southern French producer Calmel & Joseph is one such number – versatile and very stylish, it’s suitable for showing off on any occasion. Like a chef putting together a recipe, a designer sketching their creations so too the winemakers have created a vision of delight. Think freshly picked red summer berries, lightly spiced ripe cherries, a hint of nutmeg, another of sweet black liquorice and a warming portion of rhubarb & plums with custard.Available at Waitrose