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Niepoort Douro Charme 2007

Niepoort Douro Charme 2007

Red Blends from Portugal

Price: $100.00 $89.00
Save $11.00 (11%)
Item No. 106702
  • W&S94
  • WS91
  • RP90
Style: Smooth & Supple

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Alcohol By Volume: 13.9%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 2008
  • W&S97

Winemaker's Notes

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 as Charme.

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.

Critical Acclaim

"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."
94 Points

"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. "
91 Points

"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. "
90 Points

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Niepoort is an independent family business since 1842. Through five generation the business has passed successfully from one Niepoort to the next Niepoort and in most cases older and younger generation worked side by side for a long period.

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