Niepoort Douro Charme 2007 Front Label
Niepoort Douro Charme 2007 Front Label

Niepoort Douro Charme 2007

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750ML / 13.89% ABV
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Winemaker 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.

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W&S 94
Wine & Spirits
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.
WS 91
Wine Spectator
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.
RP 90
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
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.
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Niepoort, Portugal
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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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Best known for intense, impressive and age-worthy fortified wines, Portugal relies almost exclusively on its many indigenous grape varieties. Bordering Spain to its north and east, and the Atlantic Ocean on its west and south coasts, this is a land where tradition reigns supreme, due to its relative geographical and, for much of the 20th century, political isolation. A long and narrow but small country, Portugal claims considerable diversity in climate and wine styles, with milder weather in the north and significantly more rainfall near the coast.

While Port (named after its city of Oporto on the Atlantic Coast at the end of the Douro Valley), made Portugal famous, Portugal is also an excellent source of dry red and white wines of various styles.

The Douro Valley produces full-bodied and concentrated dry red wines made from the same set of grape varieties used for Port, which include Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz (Spain’s Tempranillo), Touriga Franca, Tinta Barroca and Tinto Cão, among a long list of others in minor proportions.

Other dry wines include the tart, slightly effervescent Vinho Verde white wine, made in the north, and the bright, elegant reds and whites of the Dão as well as the bold, and fruit-driven reds and whites of the southern, Alentejo.

The nation’s other important fortified wine, Madeira, is produced on the eponymous island off the North African coast.

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With hundreds of red grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World, experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to enhance balance or create complexity, lending different layers of flavors and aromas. For example, a variety that creates a fruity and full-bodied wine would do well combined with one that is naturally high in acidity and tannins. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.

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