Tinta Roriz, Touriga Franca and others.
Charme is a rare wine from the Douro, the way its elegance combines with the smooth and
mature tannins are unique in expressing old sheltered vineyards from Vale Mendiz in the heart
of the Douro area in the Pinhão valley. All the small details involving the production of Charme
turns the final result difficult to achieve. In the end only the best barrels are chosen to be bottled
A rich, fresh and elegant wine, light in colour, with fresh cherry and macerated raspberry
aromas, earthy notes of mushrooms and truffles and elegant notes of tea leaves and pipe tobacco
and cigar. The taste is fresh, long, with very good structure, velvety tannins and great complexity
of mineral notes and fresh fruit flavours, great intensity and persistence.
"Dirk Niepoort created this wine from 70- to 100-year-old vines in the Vale Mendiz, the center of the Pinhão Valley, fermented in granite lagares and aged in French oak. You might expect such a wine to be powerful, dense with extract, juicy and intense. Instead, Charme is light in color and delicate in flavor, as if a Burgundy could be made in Douro. It succeeds as a riff on the idea rather than a blunt imitation (the aroma of oak is the only thing standing between the wine and the Douro). Transparent wild cherry flavors balance the earthy acidity, the wine’s intensity of flavor achieved without weight. This should be fascinating to watch as it ages, a brilliant alternative to contemporary Douro styles that may well influence others in years to come."
Wine & Spirits
"A silky, medium-bodied red, delivering pretty flavors of cherry, plum and raspberry on a delicate, refined texture. The plush finish features sandalwood, with hints of cream. Distinctive. Drink now through 2015. "
"The 2007 CHARME is my favorite since the very fine 2004. Richer, lusher and deeper than in recent vintages—and with an oak and vanilla tinge currently obvious on the wine-- it is light in color, not unusual for this wine, and very fragrant, with a hint of game. There are also obvious tannins around the edges that make the wine a bit tight at the moment, but it should come around quickly as an hour or two open helped it a lot. The finish is average and the mid-palate depth is on the lighter side, with that nod to Burgundy. My main quibble here is the oak nuance, and that really needs to integrate if this wine wants to accomplish its goals. It showed awfully well some 10 hours after being uncorked. Drink now-2017.
The Wine Advocate