|Classification||Cru Bourgeois Supérieur|
Back to top form with a blast. Dark colour, lots of juice and velvety mouthfilling fruit richness. Impressive, pure and ripe. Drinking range: 2022 - 2035 Rating: 89-91 L&S (Apr 2017)
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From a 28.5-hectare vineyard overlooking the Gironde River on the northern side of Saint-Estephe, the 2016 Château Charmail is one of those hidden gems in the vintage that should be snatched up by readers. It’s a medium to full-bodied, elegant, classic wine that offers lots of darker fruits (cassis and blackberry), spice, new saddle leather, and leafy herbs as well as a kiss of damp earth. It has terrific balance and is going to keep for 15-20 years. The blend is 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc, and the rest Petit Verdot, all brought up in one-third new French oak. A total of 80% of the production went into the grand vin. Drinking range: 2019 - 2039 Rating: 92 Jeb Dunnuck, www.jebdunnuck.com(Feb 2019)
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. Drinking range: 2021 - 2035 Rating: 90-92 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com(Apr 2017)
Bright dark crimson. Deep, dark nose with lots of hot cross bun spicy charm. Pretty sweet but well done, except that it's pretty dry and demanding on the end. Ambitious but you will have to wait! Drinking range: 2023 - 2032 Rating: 16.5 Jancis Robinson OBE MW - www.JancisRobinson.com(Apr 2017)
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.
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