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Chateau Les Charmes-Godard 2012

Bordeaux Red Blends from Cotes de Francs, Bordeaux, France
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14% ABV
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3.8 32 Ratings
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3.8 32 Ratings
14% ABV

Winemaker Notes

This wine, dominated by red fruit (plum, cherry) a nuanced touch of nutmeg is medium bodied. Its potential allow it to follow a slow evolution.

Lots of care and passion is given to produce this wine. This begins by pertinent interventions in the vineyard during the growing season and a special attention to pick each plot at the right maturity. Same attention drives the vinifications and the aging process in order to provide this red wine faithful to its roots with a modern and fruity profile.

Critical Acclaim

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JS 90
James Suckling
Aromas of charcoal, black truffles, blueberries and spices. Full body, firm tannins and a bright and muscular finish. Needs time to soften. Better in 2016.
WW 90
Wilfred Wong of Wine.com
Two of the best things about the Cotes de Bordeaux is: One does not have to dig deep into the pocket book to find a top quality wine and the wines drink well right out of the chute. The 2012 Chateau Les Charmes-Godard over-delivers for the $$$. Packs a lot a flavor and invites a fine cut of beef to the dinner table. Deep ruby color; unusually bold aromas of black fruit and sweet earth, appealing and demonstrative; medium to full bodied, fine richness on the palate, relatively soft in tannins; dry, medium acidity, good balance; sweet leather and earth in the flavors; medium finish. (Tasted: November 17, 2015, San Francisco, CA)
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Chateau Les Charmes-Godard

Chateau Les Charmes-Godard

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Chateau Les Charmes-Godard, Cotes de Francs, Bordeaux, France
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In 1988, Nicolas Thienpont and his brothers bought Les Charmes Godard, a property of 16 acres, which produces both red and white wine and, starting in 2005, a dessert wine called "Aurea".

In the Charmes Godard white, it is both the predominance of Semillon and the winemaking techniques (barrel fermentation and lies contact) that give the wine its richness and unctuousness, as well as good supporting acidity. Its aromatic complexity is due to judicious blending with Muscadelle and Sauvignon Gris.

Cotes de Francs

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On the right bank of Bordeaux between St. Emilion and Bergerac, Cotes de Francs boasts southwestern exposed slopes that produce robust Merlot-based wines. A tiny amount of Sémillon is grown and made in both dry and sweet styles.

Bordeaux Blends

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One of the world’s most classic and popular styles of red wine, Bordeaux-inspired blends have spread from their homeland in France to nearly every corner of the New World, especially in California, Washington and Australia. Typically based on either Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot and supported by Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot, these are sometimes referred to in the US as “Meritage” blends. In Bordeaux itself, Cabernet Sauvignon dominates in wines from the Left Bank of the Gironde River, while the Right Bank focuses on Merlot. Often, blends from outside the region are classified as being inspired by one or the other.

In the Glass

Cabernet-based, Left-Bank-styled wines are typically more tannic and structured, while Merlot-based wines modeled after the Right Bank are softer and suppler. Cabernet Franc can add herbal notes, while Malbec and Petit Verdot contribute color and structure. Wines from Bordeaux lean towards a highly structured and earthy style whereas New World areas (as in the ones named above) tend to produce bold and fruit-forward blends. Either way, Bordeaux red blends generally have aromas and flavors of black currant, cedar, plum, graphite, and violet, with more red fruit flavors when Merlot makes up a high proportion of the blend.

Perfect Pairings

Since Bordeaux red blends are often quite structured and tannic, they pair best with hearty, flavorful and fatty meat dishes. Any type of steak makes for a classic pairing. Equally welcome with these wines would be beef brisket, pot roast, braised lamb or smoked duck.

Sommelier Secret

While the region of Bordeaux is limited to a select few approved grape varieties in specified percentages, the New World is free to experiment. Bordeaux blends in California may include equal amounts of Cabernet Franc and Malbec, for example. Occassionally a winemaker might add a small percentage of a non-Bordeaux variety, such as Syrah or Petite Sirah for a desired result.

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