Chateau Charmail Haut Medoc 2015
|Region||France, Bordeaux, Medoc|
Charmail is on the banks of the Gironde River, which makes for milder temperatures and shelters it from really hard frosts in the winter, which can have disastrous effects on the vines.
From the property we enjoy a truly magnificent view.
The vineyard is made up of one single plot, which extends right to the water's edge. On some mornings, sunrise can be quite magical as the first light plays on the water the mist and the vines.
“An ocean of vines coursing into the river; it's an amazing spectacle!” B. d’Halluin
The estate is also ideally located on rolling slopes facing south, which contributes to grape ripening, while the vines are often exposed to light winds, which keeps fresh air circulating around their leaves and the fruit.
The name of the estate comes from its 16th century origins, when the Trevey de Charmail family settled in the Medoc. The property’s reputation really began to be known from the beginning of the 18th century. Since then vines have always been cultivated here. The strength of our terroir today comes from this history and the Medoc traditions.
Olivier Sèze took over operations in 1982. In a few years, with his vision and thoroughness he managed to impose a distinct style of winemaking here and made Charmail one of the most valued wines bearing the Haut Medoc label. Vintage after vintage for nearly 30 years, he has made superbly well-balanced wines.
Bernard d’Halluin, a guy from Lille in northern France, who was fed Bordeaux wine in his baby’s bottle made his dream come true of buying a wine estate. While looking for a property in the Bordeaux area, he fell in love with Charmail. Both he and Olivier share the same passion and complement each other admirably in the daily running of the estate.
When the estate changed hands, new ambitions came to Charmail, such as enlarging the vineyard: 6 hectares (15 acres) were bought back in 2010 returning the vineyard to its original size. New buildings were also brought into use and new objectives were set for the work in the vines, while initiatives were taken to really promote Charmail wines at exhibitions and tastings.
A Jeffrey Davies Selection and a blockbuster that should be snatched up is the 2015 Château Charmail, which comes from a 28.5-hectare vineyard planted in clay and gravel soils. Based on 41% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, this is one seriously good bottle of wine that’s loaded with raspberry, cherry, and strawberry fruit as well as lots of spice and floral nuances. Incredibly elegant and perfectly balanced, with a seductive personality that keeps you coming back to the glass, buy a case for drinking over the coming decade. Tasted twice.
This ripe wine has dusty tannins, a good balance between fruit and tannin, and considerable potential. The dry core of tannins will soften while the black plum and berry fruits are already juicy and rich. This wine will age well; drink from 2024.
Delicious red with chocolate and blackberry character. Medium to full body, velvety tannins. Barrel Sample: 90-91 points.