Château Charmail

France, Bordeaux

A property who's star has been rising since Oliver Sèze bought the property in 1982. Oliver developed a process called pre-fermentation cold maceration which produces deeper coloured, fatter wines with soft tannins and this, along with the relatively high proportion of Merlot for the Haut-Médoc (50%), gives wines that are ready to drink within 4 to 6 years of the vintage. It, also, seems to make Charmail a fairly good bet in lesser vintages. Château Charmail is next-door to Sociando-Mallet in the commune of St-Seurin-de-Cadourne, just north of St-Estèphe.