Wednesday, June 11, 2008

WBW #46 (Part One): A Canadian Viognier from Chateau des Charmes

There are precious few Canadian wines on this site, perhaps a reflection of the fact that Canada represents a small fraction of global wine production. But the whites of Chateau des Charmes have tickled my fancy in the past, and there it was - a Canadian viognier! This I have to try - a perfect wine for today's WBW #46...

The 2006 Chateau des Charmes Viognier comes the winery's St. David's Bench vineyard. Pretty notes of lavender, honeyed apple, apricots, pear and lemon peel. I typically associate viognier with low acid and high alcohol but this was neither - crisp acid, notable minerality and a nice bitter apricot finish framed a flavourful and elegant Canadian white. Bravo!
cork. 13.5% alcohol
Score: 17/20
Price: C$22.55 (SAQ)

4 comments:

Dr. Debs said...

Fantastic! Texas, Long Island, and now--Canada. Thanks again, Joe.

Joe said...

I'm kinda hoping I have the ONLY Canadian wine. Not a lot of white Rhone stuff up here (some pretty good Syrah in BC's Okanagan) - generally more northern France/German grapes. And Ice Wine, of course...

Dale Cruse said...

Sounds like you had as much fun with your Rhone-style white as I did on this Wine Blogging Wednesday!

Joe said...

Well done, Dale - love Guigal's wines. Cheers!