Chateau Des Charmes 2010 Gamay Noir 'Droit' - 88pts

Chateau Des Charmes 2010 Gamay Noir 'Droit' (St. David's Bench) Niagara Peninsula - Ontario

Availability: Direct from the winery here and select LCBO stores
Cost: $14.95
Alcohol: 13%
Production: 2051 cases
Date Tasted:  July 5th, 2013

Tasting Notes: As the story goes, this Gamay Noir is the result of experimentation. Chateau des Charmes founder, Paul Bosc Sr., planted multiple Gamay clones and later discovered a particularly successful and upright ("droit") vine in his St. David's Bench Vineyard. The unique plant was propagated and an entire block of vines thrive today having been born from this one happy mutation.

This singular history flows through into the resulting wine which sees the 2010 edition especially shine on the nose where intense black cherry, cola and warm earth aromas blend nicely with clove and mineral notes. On the palate, despite the 3.5g/l of residual sugar (adding texture and body), a thin vein of sharp acidity runs through to the Christmas Cake-infused finish, contrasting the ripe, spicy raspberry flavours along the way.

With its profile of flavours and at just under $15, this Gamay makes the perfect Summer BBQ companion. As the winery itself suggests, think ribs with a touch of sweetness in the sauce. Drink now-2015.
  - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2013

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