Ottawa, ON

March 2017

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Matt’s review:

Award winning winery, and Canadian winemaking pioneers, Chateau des Charmes, have created a truly unique, one-of-a-kind expression of Gamay Noir, in fact it’s formally known as Gamay Noir ‘Droit’.  Sourced from the Niagara region’s warmest and one of the most prestigious sub-appellations, St. David’s Bench, this otherwise typically lighter style of red wine is big, bold, and robust.  Deep ruby color with a slight purple hue, the nose shows dark cherry, raspberry, spice, pepper, and gamey notes.  Terrific acidity makes this a wine destined for the table to be enjoyed with bold flavoured foods, from BBQ brisket, burgers, or ribs, to smoky Blue Cheese, such as Emmi Roth Moody Blue or Blue Haze – two of my favourites and both pair exceptionally well with this expressive wine.  At $17.95 this wine offers great value, especially for a wine that sets the benchmark.  Enjoy 2017-2020.  Tasted March 2017. 90 points. Matt Steeves – http://www.quercusvino.ca

Available at LCBO or winery direct – $17.95