42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc and 10% Petit Verdot
What we know of today as Chateau Charmail dates back to the 1500’s, when it was founded by the Trevey de Charmail family. Vines were not planted until the 17th century, about one years later, give or take. However, the modern era beings in 1982, when Olivier Seze purchased the Haut Medoc estate. By the time Olivier Seze purchased Chateau Charmail, Olivier Seze was already well established in the Bordeaux wine community, due to his experience as an agricultural engineer. Chateau Charmail and Olivier Seze are best known in the Bordeaux wine trade for being the first chateau to practice the now common and popular technique of pre-fermentation cold maceration, whereby the temperature of the fruit in the tanks is dropped to as low as 5 degrees Celsius and the berries are held in the vats for as long as two weeks. Olivier Seze sold Chateau Charmail to Bernard and Marie d’Halluin in 2008. The vineyard, which is in one, single, large parcel of land has a terroir of clay and gravelly soils. In fact, it is the large portion of clay in their soil, that makes their vineyard perfect for the Merlot vines. The Merlot helps impart a richness to the character of the wine. On average, the vines are close to 30 years of age. A lot of effort goes into producing the wine of Chateau Charmail. This starts with a 15 day cold soak at 5 degrees Celsius prior to fermentation. Alcoholic fermentation takes place in temperature controlled, stainless steel tanks with a 21-day cuvaison. Malolactic fermentation takes place in vat. The wine of Chateau Charmail is aged for close to 12 months in an average of 30% new, French oak barrels.
What The Critics Say
90-92/100 Parker's Wine Advocate, Neal Martin
"The 2016 Charmail is a blend of 12% Cabernet Franc, 10% Petit Verdot, 36% Merlot and 42% Cabernet Sauvignon cropped between 3-21 October and matured in one-third new oak. It has a slightly leafy bouquet that is nicely detailed, good depth with cracked black pepper emerging with time. The palate is medium-bodied with rustic tannin, great depth and grip, very fine salinity with a Saint-Estèphe-like structure on the finish. The 2015 Charmail was excellent and this is likewise." Drink 2021 - 2035
88-91/100 Vinous, Antonio Galloni
"One of the sleepers of the vintage, the 2016 Charmail is dark, ripe and voluptuous. Dark red fruit, new leather, spice and oak are pushed forward. Readers should expect a ripe, concentrated style. This is a big, big wine and there is real depth and density here. Tasted three times."
92/100 Wine Cellar Insider
"A blend of 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc and 10% Petit Verdot created a lengthy, fruity, deeply-colored wine, which is fleshy, ripe, dense, long and polished."
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