Château des Charmes Aligoté Niagara Peninsula Vqa Estate Bottled 2008

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Gamay Droit is a vinifera variety that you’re not going to encounter anywhere other than Chateau des Charmes. Canadian wine industry pioneer Paul Bosc, one of the most recognizable figures in the Ontario appellations, holds the international “Plant Breeder’s Rights” to Gamay Droit, discovered during clonal research in 1982. Bosc and his vineyard managers noticed a single wonky vine in the Gamay rows, growing more upright position than its comrades and began studying this vine and its offspring. It was found that Gamay Noir “droit” as the upright vines were called, tended to ripen about 10 days later than regular Gamay, helping to facilitate higher Brix (sugar) levels at harvest and a higher concentration of pigmentation. Continued study and characterization has led to what some call “Canada’s first vinifera”. The 2005 vintage had a fairly aromatic nose, highlighted by red currant, cherry, and raspberry. It was far from one-dimensionally berried though, with complimentary red licorice, pepper, and moderate oak bringing depth to the bouquet. The palate was less about flavour and more about structure, with dusty, soft tannins taking the edge off of an otherwise dry and oddly acidic wine. We found it to be a little harsh, but in fairness, we drank it extremely young. Given a couple of years worth of bottle time, the 2005 Gamay Droit should soften and hopefully develop some of the richness and complexity that it has become known for.

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Snooth User: Grape Juice
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Vintage: 2005 06/28/2007

Gamay Droit is a vinifera variety that you’re not going to encounter anywhere other than Chateau des Charmes. Canadian wine industry pioneer Paul Bosc, one of the most recognizable figures in the Ontario appellations, holds the international “Plant Breeder’s Rights” to Gamay Droit, discovered during clonal research in 1982. Bosc and his vineyard managers noticed a single wonky vine in the Gamay rows, growing more upright position than its comrades and began studying this vine and its offspring. It was found that Gamay Noir “droit” as the upright vines were called, tended to ripen about 10 days later than regular Gamay, helping to facilitate higher Brix (sugar) levels at harvest and a higher concentration of pigmentation. Continued study and characterization has led to what some call “Canada’s first vinifera”. The 2005 vintage had a fairly aromatic nose, highlighted by red currant, cherry, and raspberry. It was far from one-dimensionally berried though, with complimentary red licorice, pepper, and moderate oak bringing depth to the bouquet. The palate was less about flavour and more about structure, with dusty, soft tannins taking the edge off of an otherwise dry and oddly acidic wine. We found it to be a little harsh, but in fairness, we drank it extremely young. Given a couple of years worth of bottle time, the 2005 Gamay Droit should soften and hopefully develop some of the richness and complexity that it has become known for.


Snooth User: benjaminrmeyer
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Vintage: 2005 09/26/2007

Five glasses


External Reviews for Château des Charmes Aligoté Niagara Peninsula Vqa Estate Bottled

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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

Produced from 100% Riesling grapes, fermented and aged in stainless steel tanks. The color is light gold and the bouquet is floral, with aromas of citrus fruit and lychee spice. On the palate, the wine is lively and full-flavored with a refreshingly crisp finish. It makes an excellent apeacute;ritif and also matches well with seafood or spicier dishes such as Asian food. A four time gold medal winner at the annual Cellars of the World competition.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
07/12/2011

This elegant Riesling smells beautifully of honey, fresh apples and petrol. Dry and austere, but not the least bit bony in style, its refreshing lime juice palate and saline finish would pair wonderfully with sashimi or raw oysters.


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Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
06/22/2011

Produced from 100% Riesling grapes, fermented and aged in stainless steel tanks. The color is light gold and the bouquet is floral, with aromas of citrus fruit and lychee spice. On the palate, the wine is lively and full-flavored with a refreshingly crisp finish. It makes an excellent apéritif and also matches well with seafood or spicier dishes such as Asian food. A four time gold medal winner at the annual Cellars of the World competition.


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Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
06/22/2011

Off-dry, this white delivers peach, apple and ruby grapefruit notes, matched to a lively structure, with a nice mouthwatering finish. Drink now through 2014.


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Source: Astor Wines & Spirits
03/24/2011

Fermented and aged in stainless steel tanks this light golden Riesling is full of floral aromas, citrus fruit and lychee spice. It’s refreshingly crisp and dry on the finish. This wine makes an excellent aperitif and also matches well with seafood or spicier dishes such as Asian food.


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Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2006 05/23/2011

This icewine is produced from 100% Vidal grapes and is a wonderfully sweet nectar fermented with wild yeasts. It exudes aromas of honey and apricots with a beautiful balance between fruit, sweetness and acidity.


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Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2006 09/27/2011

Rich, smooth and heavy as velvet, this wine's honey-drenched flavors make a lovely backdrop to not-too-sweet spice and nut cakes.


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