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charmesWELL KEPT SECRET IN LOCAL RED

While Pinot and Cabernet Franc are recognized as Ontario’s best reds, I’d like to add a third candidate. Gamay. Sure, it’s usually a lighter player but what lovely flavor, refreshment and drinkability. And summer is its season.

While Gamay’s home is Beaujolais, the Ontario edition tends to be more Italian in spirit. Earthy and invigorating in the style of Barbera, or Dolcetto. Chateau des Charmes 10 Droit is very Dolcetto in its yummy/plummy/gulpability. A good-with-anything red. A lovely everyday local. Lightly chill.

FYI: Charmes founder, Paul Bosc, noticed that some of his Gamay vines were quite ‘upright’ so he propagated them – hence the ‘droit’ clone. They’re unique to his vineyard. And the world!

CH. DES CHARMES 10 Gamay Noir ‘Droit’, VQA St. David’s Bench 346742
Vintages $14.95

 

P.S. Thanks ‘Murray’ for the note about the correct code.

 

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