â€śMOVI is made up of a group of people who are passionate about wine: lawyers, analysts, an asparagus farmer, a marketeer. Iâ€™m also a surfer,â€ť says Jean-Charles Villard, explaining the concept behind Chileâ€™s Movimiento de ViĂ±ateros Independientes or â€śIndependent Vintners Movement,â€ť the specialist wine producers association to which his Casablanca Valley winery belongs.
Known as Charlie, the Chilean winemaker chases tubes with the same dedication as he produces acclaimed vintages. Earlier this year, renowned US wine critic James Suckling gave Charlieâ€™s Tanagra 2012â€”a cold-climate Syrahâ€”96 points on the 100-point scale he uses for grading wine (anything above 90 is â€śoutstanding.â€ť) It was the highest recognition for a MOVI wine to date, with his Le Pinot Noir Grand Vin 2013 and 2011 also awarded 95 Suckling Points.
â€śI found out from my mate Sven via WhatsApp that James had given us 96 points, the best MOVI result. I thought, Wow and couldnâ€™t really believe it, although I knew I had a good score because when I tasted my Syrah with James, he said it was impressive and mentioned all its layers. But I told my mate Iâ€™d rather wait for the official results,â€ť remembers Charlie. â€śThe next morning, I started receiving emails and more messages and phone calls from all around the world saying, Hey man, you did it!â€ť
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