June 2017

Ottawa, ON

Matt’s review:  Chateau des Charmes Equuleus is a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Cabernet Franc, and 25% Merlot from the St. David’s Bench sub-appellation of the Niagara Peninsula.  This flagship red wine is a deep ruby colour with an opaque core, the 2012 vintage was one of Niagara’s best and warmest in recent history which contributed to this big and fully ripe wine that shows the great varietal characteristics of this popular wine region. Only produced in exceptional vintages, the 2012 shows dark plum, black cherry, mocha, graphite, leather, sous bois, and sweet spice on the nose.  The palate is rich and concentrated with an elegant texture that sees the fine tannins sprinkled throughout and playing a supporting role without stealing any attention from the complex aromatic and flavour profiles.  This award winning wine is a terrific example of the fine red wines Ontario is producing.  Enjoy 2017-2027 and pair with roast beef and root vegetables or firm aged cheeses. Tasted May 2017. 92 points. Matt Steeves – http://www.quercusvino.ca

Chateau des Charmes Equuleus 2012 won RED WINE OF THE YEAR at the recent Ontario Wine Awards held on May 31, 2017 at Niagara College in Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON.

Available @LCBO or winery direct or at one of the winery’s boutique wine shoppes throughout Ontario.  If in Ottawa, Minto Place at the corner of Laurier and Lyon has a great little shoppe with all sorts of Chateau des Charmes wines available for purchase.