2018 Chateau Charmail Haut-Médoc

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Type of Wine Red
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Appellation Haut-Medoc
Winery Château Charmail
Year 2018
Grape Cabernet Franc Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Petit Verdot
Content (Alc) 0.75 ltr (13%)
Drink window 2021 - 2028
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The cru bourgeois, Château Charmail is located in the immediate vicinity of the wide river Gironde in the Haut-Médoc. The vineyards are close to Saint-Estèphe, about two kilometers from the largest estuary in Europe, resulting in a temperate microclimate. This results in optimal ripening of the cabernet and merlot grapes. Winemaker Olivier Sèze works classically and with respect for the Médoc tradition. For example, he picks the grapes by hand and does not filter and clarify the wine. Charmail is a beautiful, refined style Bordeaux that has been aged for 14 months in French oak barrels.

The 2018 Charmail comes from Charmail in Saint-Seurin-de-Cadourne. The blend is 39% Merlot, 37% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Cabernet Franc and 11% Petit Verdot. The wine is aged for 12 months in 30% new oak barrels and others in 2nd year oak. Deep Bordeaux red and an almost inky black wine. Rich in dark and black fruits such as cherry, raspberry and blackberry. Classic expression with ripe Cabernet tones and a sober, high-quality wood influence (cedar). Ripe, fused attack. Very soft, but serious and also full, somewhat fleshy structure with full ripe tannins with subtle wood tones. The 2018 was an absolute top year for Chateau Charmail which also resulted in high marks from Parker and Sucking. Suckling ends his verdict with: "One of the best from here"

Vineyard for 2018 Chateau Charmail Haut-Médoc

De cru bourgeois, Château Charmail ligt in de directe nabijheid van de brede rivier de Gironde in de Haut-Médoc. De wijngaarden liggen dichtbij Saint-Estèphe, op zo’n twee kilometer afstand van de grootste riviermonding in Europa, met als gevolg een gematigd microklimaat. Dit resulteert in een optimale rijping van de cabernet en merlot druiven. Wijnmaker Olivier Sèze werkt klassiek en met respect voor de Médoc traditie. Zo plukt hij de druiven met de hand en filtert en klaart hij de wijn niet. 

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Type of Wine Red
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Appellation Haut-Medoc
Winery Château Charmail
Grape Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot
Biological No
Vegan No
Year 2018
Drinking as of 2021
Drinking till 2028
Alcohol % 13
Alcohol free/low No
Content 0.75 ltr
Oak aging Yes
Sparkling No
Dessert wine No
Closure Cork
Parker rating 91
James Suckling rating 93
Tasting Profiles Dark fruit, Dry, Aged on wood, Tannines
Drink moments Cadeau!, Met vrienden, Open haard
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