Chateau Charmail 2002
Bordeaux Red Blends from Haut Medoc, Bordeaux, France
Charmail terroir produces highly colored wines that are powerful and made to be laid down.
The Wine Advocate - "An elegant, pretty effort, the 2002 offers up scents of smoke, black cherries, cassis, and earth. It possesses medium body, fine depth, a savory texture, and excellent purity. Drink it over the next 6-7 years (reviewed April 2005)."
International Wine Cellar - "Ruby-red. Spicy aromas of currant and espresso. At once smooth and vinous, with flavors of currant and leather complicated by nutty oak. Offers less verve and thrust than the young 2003, but then this is still a bit disturbed. Finishes with good length.
Chateau Charmail Winery
Built in the middle of the 19th century, Château Charmail commands a charming estate overlooking the Gironde. Surrounding the château, the vineyard is all of a piece, situated on gravel crests and at present covers some twenty hectares. It is planted to Cabernet franc and Cabernet-Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot.
Winemaking is performed by the owner, Olivier Sèze, a trained agronomist, well-versed in the latest enological methods. Indeed, in tandem with the Pauillac-based enologist, Michel Couasnon, Sèze has be-come a veritable pioneer ("maverick" might be the more accurate term) in the Médoc. Since 1991, his successful development of the technique called, "pre-fermentation, cold maceration" has roused interest through-out the Médoc, in Saint-Emilion, and even at the Institute of Enology in Bordeaux. The technique is similar to that widely employed by the Burgundian enologist, Guy Accad, although much less sulfur dioxide is used at Charmail. It results in deeply colored, "fatter" wines with softer tannins than might otherwise be the case using traditional fermentation techniques. View all Chateau Charmail Wines
About MedocView a map of Medoc wineries (MEH-dok)
Médoc is the region that encompasses the smaller appellations of Pauillac, Margaux, St.-Estèphe & St.-Julien. As a larger appellation, it contains many chateaux that are the same style of the smaller appellations, but at a smaller price. There are two regions of the Médoc – the Bas Médoc (or lower-Médoc) and the Haut Médoc (or upper-Médoc) – so given the names as the Bas Médoc is lower elevation (yet northern) and the Haut Médoc is higher elevation (but south of Bas Médoc). Most quality wines come from the Haut Médoc, although many wines carry just the appellation Médoc.
Notable FactsSituated in the Haut-Médoc, west of the river are the communes Listrac & Moulis. Between these two appellations and the river lie many Médoc chateaux producing delicious, Cabernet Sauvignon-based wines, often at a good value. Wines of the Médoc and Haut-Médoc appellation are less expensive, yet delicious, ways to experience the left bank of Bordeaux. Most are not as complex or age-worthy as those wines from the smaller communes along the riverbank, but many are great everyday wines, particularly suited for enjoying with food.
About France - Other regionsWhen it comes to wine, France is a classic. Classic blends, grapes and styles began in the country and they still remain. Think about it - people ask for a Burgundian style Pinot Noir, they refer to wines as Bordeaux or Rhone blends - Champagne even had to pass a law to stop international wineries from putting their region on the label of all sparkling wine.
The top regions of France are: Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Languedoc-Roussillon, Loire, Rhone. And these regions are so diverse! It makes sense that wine regions throughout the world try to emulate their style. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah are no longer French varieties, but international varieties. They may not be the leader of cutting edge technology or value-priced wines, but there is no doubt that they are still producing wines of great quality and diversity.
Customer ReviewsSign In to Add Your Review3.53.7 out of 5 stars
6 ratings, 4 with reviewsHeatherE - Chicago, IL41/18/2009I finally opened the bottle and felt some trepidation as I did not know what to expect. I had read a suggestion that it be paired with lamb - I hate lamb. So I tried it with a hearty beef dish and enjoyed it very much!412/26/2009We enjoyed this wine with roast beef, potatoes & vegetables for Christmas dinner. It was greatGarrett Clarke - Washington, DC25/22/2009unimpressiveRamon Roman - Houston, TX43/13/2010henry sotomayor - Chicago, IL48/11/201149/8/2010I liked this a lot. It seems to me be getting near the end of its life but still has some very nice qualities and a great price.