Château des Charmes 2006 Paul Bosc Vineyard Chardonnay - 88pts

Château des Charmes 2006 Paul Bosc Vineyard Chardonnay (St. David's Bench) Niagara Peninsula - Ontario

Availability: Direct from winery here
Cost: $21.95
Alcohol: 14%
Production: 495 cases
Date Tasted: August 6th, 2010

Tasting Notes: Château des Charmes produces two single-vineyard Chardonnays. The Paul Bosc Vineyard Chardonnay, from a site across the road from the home vineyard (and closer to the lake), is the cooler, more masculine of the two.

Barrel fermented, the wine spends one year in French Oak "sur lie" and as a result has some of the leesy and autolytic notes one would expect. However, it is the stonefruit and mineral qualities that characterize this wine. Concentrated grapefruit and green apple notes are also present with crisp acidity.

When served with lobster risotto, this wine brought the mineral flavours of the lobster to the forefront. Drink 2010-2012.
- Liam Carrier ©copyright 2010

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