Chateau Des Charmes 2009 Cabernet-Merlot - 87pts

Chateau Des Charmes 2009 Cabernet-Merlot (Niagara-on-The-Lake) Niagara Peninsula - Ontario

Availability: Direct from the winery here and LCBO stores
Cost: $12.95
Alcohol: 12.5%
Production: 2079 cases
Date Tasted: October 10th, 2012
Re-tasted: February 13th, 2013

Tasting Notes: As the story goes, Chateau Des Charmes decided the quality of their Paul Bosc Vineyard Bordeaux varietals designated for their top-end blend Equuleus weren't quite up to their high standards in 2009 and, instead, consigned the fruit to their Estate Bottled program for this blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. The result is an impressive "budget" blend that over-delivers for the price with a nice nose of cassis, blackberry, vanilla spice and oak aromas followed by a medium-bodied, smooth-tannin palate with a good balance of mature dark fruit and savoury herbs'n'spice flavours. The moderate finish offers some lingering acidity, tobacco leaf and oak notes.

Ready to be enjoyed today and will hold for another 1-2 years. Drink now-2014.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2012

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