Château des Charmes Estate Bottled Chardonnay Musqué 2008 Wine Review

Château des Charmes Estate Bottled Chardonnay Musqué 2008
Niagara-On-The-Lake, Canada
Community Score: 4.4/5
Community Reviews: 3
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Product #: 322016
BC Product #: 230961

Price: $16.95
Alcohol: 13.5%
Drink: 2010-2012
Sweetness: Dry
Bottle size: 750 ml
Wine Type: White Wine

Winery: Château des Charmes
Agent: Chateau Des Charmes
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Natalie's Score: 89/100

Lovely floral aromas with peach blossom palate. Wonderful blend of tangerine zest and honeysuckle, yet this is a dry and refreshing white. Break out of your Chardonnay rut tonight with this wine. Unoaked yet packed with flavour. Simply brilliant!

Chardonnay Musqué food pairings: pan-seared arctic char with a citrus glaze, tender greens with a lemon poppyseed vinaigrette.

This was reviewed November 6, 2010 by

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Dan Trcka Wine Blogger rated this wine as 88/100 with the following review:

The 2010 Château Des Charmes Chardonnay Musque, made with highly perfumed Chardonnay clone #809, has intense aromas of citrus, light floral/honey notes and subtle slate minerality. It is a medium bodied, extra-dry, fruity to integrated wine, with forward acidity and a medium to long, slightly woody/stemy finish. It is food friendly or can be enjoyed on its own; drink now – 2015. My impression: NICE, 88 pts – I recommend drinking it around 10-16°C as the aromatics come more forth. Tasted June/13.

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Lorrie reviewed this wine as follows:

Did not buy. Recommended by NM
When Paul Bosc played with both Musque clones, 77 and 809 he found clone 809 produced a more aromatic wine. Today Chateau des Charmes Chard Musqué is 100% clone 809. Their 809 vines are 12-15 years old and are in their prime producing phase. Clone 809 is notoriously challenging in the vineyard because it is more cold sensitive than other Chardonnay clones and prone to breaking down so it must be carefully and meticulously tended. The CdC vineyard team hand sort and clean all the bunches while they are still hanging in the vineyard with only the best used in this wine. This minimizes the risk for VA and produces a concentrated finished wine. This is important because the wine doesn’t not spend any time in oak and goes through a partial malolactic fermentation. The true beauty of the wine shines. This wine was chosen as one of the “Cool Chardonnays” showcased in London this past May.

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