Château Charmail, Haut Médoc, 2005

  Château Charmail

Château Charmail, Haut Médoc

Olivier Seze came from Fronsac 25 years ago to restore this property, working single-handedly and single-mindedly to create one of the finest values at this end of the Médoc. Like many conscientious winemakers, he found that green harvests turned out to be unnecessary in 2005, but the hard work put in in the vineyard has paid off, with a superb blend of 50% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Cabernet Franc that delivers in spades. Blueberry, plum and vanilla on the nose, with just a hint of caramel, leading to a wonderfully structured palate of ripe, pure fruit, smooth tannins and excellent, lingering freshness.

Contains Sulphites.

About Château Charmail

Charmail is a Cru Bouregois, located in the appellation of Haut-Médoc.

Appellation: Haut Médoc

The Haut Medoc is a sub region of the Medoc, which covers some 4,643 hectares and incorporates communes such as St Estephe, Pauillac, St Julien and Margaux. Given the size of this appellation, there are a variety of different terroirs including clay, chalk and gravel. Most famous estates within the Haut Medoc defer to their more specific appellations, however, there are five classified growths that belong to the generic Haut Medoc AOC, The most famous being La Lagune and Cantemerle. Jean Gautreau’s Sociando Mallet is another noteworthy Haut Medoc estate.

Grape Blend: Cab. Sauvignon | Merlot | Cab. Franc

The hallowed Bordeaux trinity of grape varieties that form the stock left bank blend. Cabernet's Sauvignon's acidic, tannic complex qualities marry ideally with Merlot's sweet, softy flesh characteristics, and Cabernet Franc's finesse and freshness. This classic combination has worked so successfully in Bordeaux that it is now mirrored the world over, particularly in warm sunny climates such as the Languedoc, Tuscany, South Africa, Australia and Napa Valley.