A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 875: Château des Charmes Reds

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(And one from Malivoire.)

Château des Charmes Cabernet Sauvignon St David’s Bench Vineyard 2020 (St. David’s Bench, Niagara)
Deep purple in colour; cedary, blueberry nose with vanilla oak notes; medium-bodied, dry, savoury plum, blueberry and currant flavours with an engaging floral note; elegant and firmly structured. (90)

Château des Charmes Cabernet Franc 2020
Purple-ruby in colour; cedary, vanilla oak, toasty blackcurrant; medium-bodied, dry, savoury, blueberry flavour; beautifully balanced, well-integrated oak with a lovely mouth-feel. (91–92)

Château des Charmes Merlot 2020
Deep ruby-purple colour; cedary, toasty nose of plum and blueberry; medium-bodied, dry, richly extracted black and blue fruit carried on lively acidity, finishing on a saline note; well-integrated oak. (89)

Château des Charmes Equuleus 2020
50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Cabernet Franc, 25% Merlot. Deep ruby-purple in colour; cedary, blackcurrant nose with oak spice; medium to full-bodied, dry, elegant, beautifully balanced flavours of black and red currants; lovely mouth-feel, harmonious and firmly structured. Very Bordelais in style. Worth cellaring for a decade. (92)

Château des Charmes Merlot 2021
Deep ruby-purple in colour; cedary, plum and blueberry bouquet with oak spice; medium-bodied, dry, juicy and fruity, red cherry flavour; well-integrated oak and ripe tannins. Lively on the palate with mouth-freshening acidity. (90)

Malivoire Pinot Gris 2022 (Beamsville Bench, $21.95)
Bright straw colour; minerally, peach bouquet with a floral top note; medium-bodied, dry, elegant, well-balanced white peach and pear flavours, finishing on lemony acidity. (90)

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