Chateau Des Charmes 2009 Gamay Noir - 87pts

Chateau Des Charmes 2009 Gamay Noir (Niagara-on-The-Lake) Niagara Peninsula - Ontario

Availability: Direct from the winery here and LCBO stores
Cost: $12.95
Alcohol: 13%
Production: 1829 cases
Date Tasted: September 20th, 2012

Tasting Notes: For their straight varietal release of Gamey Noir, Chateau Des Charmes let's the fruit speak for itself with minimal intervention and no oak. The result is a fruit-forward wine with more complexity than you might expect from Gamay proving that the grape does very well on the Niagara Peninsula. A traditional nose of bright and spicy red fruit is nicely supported by light, earthy aromas and floral notes. The palate shares a similar flavour profile with added cherry cola and light citrus fruit. Tannins are soft playing second fiddle to the prominent acid which leaves your mouth refreshed after each sip.

This is the perfect wine for a Thanksgiving feast of roasted turkey, especially the succulent dark meat. At this price you can afford a few bottles to make sure the whole table gets a glass or two! Drink now-2014.
- Liam Carrier ©copyright 2012

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