Blackberries and blueberries with lightly toasted oak and bright, vivid fruit. Medium to full body and firm, fine tannins. One of the best from here?
The 2018 Charmail comes from the lieu-dit Charmail in Saint-Seurin-de-Cadourne. The blend is 39% Merlot, 37% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Cabernet Franc and 11% Petit Verdot. Aging is projected to run 12 months in 30% new oak barrels. The rest of the wine is aging in 17-hectoliter concrete eggs and 500-liter barrels. Deep garnet-purple colored, it gives up very spicy notes of cracked black pepper, cumin seed and cloves over a core of warm plums, blackcurrant cordial, underbrush and a waft of cedar. Medium to full-bodied, it has a firm, grainy line cutting through the muscular fruit, finishing with a lively herbal lift.