Château Des Charmes Gamay Noir Droit 2010, VQA St. David’s Bench, Niagara
A deserving medal winner at the 2013 Ontario Wine Awards, Château des Charmes' 2010 Gamay Noir may well be the best edition yet... The 2010 is a solid and densely packed wine as far as gamay goes, with a nose full of lush dark fruit like blackberry and black raspberry... Tannins are ripe and plush and the palate comes across as meaty and generously proportioned, without sacrificing the freshness and lively acids that make gamay so appealing. Very good to excellent length; this bottle offers lots of pleasure at a nice price. Score: 89 (John Szabo, MS, WineAlign.com, May 2013)
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The 2010 Château Des Charmes Gamay Noir ‘DROIT is made from a clone discovered here in Niagara right at Château Des Charmes that can be harvested two weeks later than other Gamay Noir hence allowing for more flavor and complexity. It has pleasing notes of raspberry, strawberry, pepper and earth. It is a medium bodied, extra-dry (though perceptually dry), fruit forward wine, with good acidity, subtle tannins and a finish of short to medium length. It goes well with grilled meats, whether savory or spicy; drink now – 2015. My impression: NICE, 88 pts. Tasted June/13.
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Not what I think of when I think of gamay, but I can dig this. Loads of black fruit, pepper, and a bit of earthiness on the nose. It's medium-bodied with soft tannins and the refreshing acidity makes gamay so food friendly. This one has a very good length on the finish. Excellent value! Tasted September 2013.
As close to a Cru Beaujolais as you're going to find! A solid Ontario expression of Gamay.
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This wine was fruity; very ripe to jammy with lots of cherry and strawberry here. While a few years old at this point, there were still mild tannins and a long finish. I quite enjoyed this wine, especially paired with a herb-seasoned roast chicken.
Tasted January 2014.