Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
It's easy to see how the wines of Bordeaux can become a life-long obsession, and the never-ending hunt for new finds has led us to this fantastic release from Haut Medoc property Château Charmail. Named after the Trevey de Charmail family who founded the estate, it's currently under the stewardship of Olivier Goudet and Valerie Liquard, who have also acquired neighbouring Châteaus Bardis and Saint-Paul. Currently sitting at 27 hectares of vines, Charmail is planted to approximately 37% each Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, with the balance of the estate composed of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Vines were first planted on this property in the 17th century, so to say there's a bit of history and tradition here is an understatement! Like most Bordeaux wines at this level of quality, utmost care is taken in grape selection during harvest. After an extended cold soak to impart colour, flavour, and aromas, fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks. The final wine is aged for 12 months in French oak, about one-third of which is renewed annually. We'd recommend decanting for about an hour prior to serving at about 18 C, or cellaring for up to a decade.
Balanced and vibrant on the nose, Château Charmail expresses cassis, blackcurrant, and plum aromas, along with a note of sweet pipe tobacco, cedar, and freshly-sharpened pencil lead. It becomes more complex in the glass, so it's well worth decanting or aging in your cellar to allow for further development.
Dense and pure on the full-bodied palate, with fine-grained, dusty tannins, this wine is drinking beautifully now but will reward further cellaring. There's an abundance of ripe blue and black fruit, and plenty of acidity to provide lift and energy.
Match with firm aged cheeses to start, or serve with roasted beef tenderloin with wild mushroom pan jus and haricots vert.