Bodega Chacra Barda Pinot Noir 2020

  • 93/100 James Suckling
  • Pure, minerally and powerful, with concentrated flavors
  • Orange peel and pomegranate to the dark strawberry and raspberry aromas.
  • 1 or more bottles
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  • James Suckling
    93 points

Editors notes

Bodega Chacra is located in the Rio Negro Valley of northern Patagonia, in the dead centre of Argentina. Piero's dedication to producing outstanding Pinot Noir and Chardonnay was rewarded when Chacra Treinta y Dos Pinot 2018 was named Best Wine in the World by James Suckling.

The fruit for the Barda Pinot is sourced from Bodega Chacra's younger vineyard, planted in 1990 from cuttings from their ungrafted original vineyards from 1932 and 1955. It is a wine of heritage, and pure class.

Pure, minerally and powerful, with concentrated flavors of red plum and dried raspberry, loaded with powerful meaty notes. Sandalwood accents linger on the finish, showing caressing tannins.


Tasting Profile

  • Light (Light)
    Full (Full)
  • Low Tannin (Low Tannin)
    Tannic (Tannic)
  • Sweet (Sweet)
    Dry (Dry)
  • Low Acidity (Low Acidity)
    High Acidity (High Acidity)
  • Aroma
    • Earthy
    • Herbal
    • Red Fruits
  • Palate
    • Cedar
    • Red Cherry
    • Strawberry

Food Pairings

  • Fish
  • Game
  • Poultry

Critic Scores & reviews

  • James Suckling

    ""Plenty of orange peel and pomegranate to the dark strawberry and raspberry aromas. Medium-bodied with a solid core of fruit and fine tannins, which come together nicely and energetically at the finish.""

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The wine industry in Argentina has had one of the fastest growth rates in the wine world and now claims to be the fifth largest wine producer in the world. Much like certain aspects of Argentine cuisine, the wine industry too has its roots in Spain. Vine cuttings were brought to Santiago del Estero in the 1600s. Up until the 1980s, Argentina was known for producing more 'quantity' wine over 'quality' wine, but that has changed with winemakers across the board lifting their game. There is no doubt that Malbec is the grape on which Argentina's international reputation as a wine-producing nation is founded. Whilst it is a difficult grape to grow, the climate and conditions around Mendoza and in particular the Uco Valley is ideally suited to producing world-class wine. The most popular varieties planted out in Argentina would be Bonarda, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, Sangiovese, Syrah and Tempranillo.

Rio Negro

Río Negro, one of six provinces in the Patagonia region of Argentina, is South America’s southernmost wine region – and an up-and-coming area to watch. The cooling Atlantic Ocean lies to the east of the region. At low elevations, Rio Negro enjoys a temperate climate, with consistently hot summers and cold winters, but temperatures turn much colder the higher vineyards get into the Andes mountains. Overall, the climate is cooler here than elsewhere in Argentina, which has resulted in an array of cool-climate wine styles, including unique expressions of Pinot Noir, Malbec, Riesling, and Chardonnay. Altitudes here are likewise lower than other Argentinian wine regions, at approximately 250 metres above sea level, but the diurnal range is still quite marked, with cold nights following warm days. As a result, the growing season is longer and often results in wines that nicely balance fruit concentration with acidity levels. The bulk of the viticulture here takes place in the west of the region in Alto Valle, whose dry climate suits a range of grape varieties. (The region is also renowned for its apples and pears.) Other grapes grown here include Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Trousseau, and Semillon.

About the brand Bodega Chacra

Bodega Chacra is internationally recognized as the pinnacle of South American Pinot Noir. Plantings from 1932, 1955 and 2002 are bio-dynamically farmed in the vast emptiness of Patagonia. Established by Piero Incisa della Rochetta (the grandson of the Sassicaia family) these wines offer a new expression of Pinot Noir.

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