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2007 Château des Charmes Equuleus Paul Bosc Estate Vineyard (750ml)
Producer: Château des Charmes chateaudescharmes.com
Appellation: Niagara Peninsula - Ontario - Canada (VA)
Type: red
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon - Merlot - Cabernet Franc
Maturity: Drink
Rating: Excellent
Est. Price: n/a
Tasting Notes:
rated: December 5, 2010 , from a member
Best 2011-2016
rated: April 5, 2011 , James Suckling
90 points " Spicy black cherry, blackberry and violets, with flavours of vanilla, plum, blackberry and a hint of licorice. Dense plummy black cherry finish. 91+ pts.” – Gord Stimmell, “Top 10 Local Wines That Compare With The Best From Around The World”, Toronto Star, December, 2010 “…a rare and elegant red Equuleus ‘07, a Bordeaux-style blend that’s made only in top vintages. The wine is a thoroughbred to cellar alongside your collectibles. 94pts.” – Frank Baldock’s Wine Express, Fall, 2010 “Château des Charmes Equuleus 2007— Wow. The nose is a nice collage of aromatics from cassis and currants to leather, a wild raspberry note, mocha, top grade oak and swirling spice and smoke. It’s rich and flavourful in the mouth, with chewy dark fruits, gripping tannins, waves of cocoa and spice and a long, long finish. This has the stuffing to go on for another 10 or 15 years. 4.5 / 5 stars.” – Rick VanSickle, Osprey Media, November, 2010 “This is the biggest, most complete Equuleus since the 2002 edition, with the heat of the 2007 vintage evident in both the ripe, dark fruit flavours and full, plush tannins. Blackberry and black cherry dominate, with a fine mix of violets, sweet, toasty oak and baking spice. Long finish. Although this is drinking well now, given the structure and depth, this should age nicely for another half dozen years and evolve slowly into the next decade. 91 pts.” – John Szabo, The Niagara Grapevine, Holiday, 2010 “This ultra-premium blend—50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Cabernet Franc, 25% Merlot—is made only in great years. Dark, dusty, alluring aromas—black berry fruit, exotic spice with hints of mint, mocha and licorice—are followed by a balanced, complex, mouthful of flavour coating the palate with black plum, cassis and ripe, juicy Bing cherry. It’s medium-full bodied with a generous mouth feel adorned by a lingering finish that’s bone dry and absolutely delicious—needing time to resolve the tannin. High praise—it was difficult to spit. Drink 2014 – 2020. 4.5 stars / 5.” – Vic Harradine, WineCurrent.com, October, 2010 "...this is the best Equuleus to date. Medium-to-full-bodied...gives off a perfume of cassis, plum, vanilla, spice and smoky tobacco. The mouth is concentrated with excellent length. 90 pts.” – Evan Saviolidis, Tidings, July/August, 2010 "