Chateau Des Charmes 2014 Barrel Fermented Chardonnay - 86pts

Chateau Des Charmes 2014 Barrel Fermented Chardonnay (Niagara-on-The-Lake) Niagara Peninsula - Ontario

: Direct from the winery here and LCBO stores
Cost: $13.95 (including taxes)
Alcohol: 13%
Production: 2968 cases
Date Tasted: March 8th, 2016

Tasting Notes: An easy-drinking, well-priced, medium-bodied Chardonnay that was barrel fermented and sat on its lees for 9 months where it went through a secondary, "malolactic" fermentation to soften its acidity and contribute popcorn'n'cream aromas and flavours to the classic, melon, orchard fruit and oak profile. A touch of minerality and apple acidity help keep this (slightly) off-dry Chard refreshing on the finish.

Should make for a good pairing for ham roasts at Easter or Christmas. Drink now-2017.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2016

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