Vintage: 2015
Bottle sizes: 750 ML
Country: Portugal
Region: Douro
Appellation: Douro
Wine type: Red
Varietals: Red Blend
Varietal notes: Tinta, Roriz, Touriga Franca & others
Organic: Practicing
Vineyard: From very old sheltered vineyards in the Vale Mediz in the Pinhao area. Vines used for this wine are 70 to over a 100 years old.
Orientation: The vineyards are at an elevation fo 200 to 450 m
Soil: Schist
Viticulture: Practicing Organic. Hand picked with vineyard selection.
Vinification: Fermentation is done in stone lagares where the fruit is foot trodden with the stems. After a short maceration, alcoholic and malolactic fermentations take place naturally in French oak barrels.
Aging: 14 months in French oak.
Production: 9,900 bottles
Publication: Wine advocate
The 2015 Charme is a field blend, particularly Tinta Roriz and Touriga Franca, aged for 15 months in used French barriques. It comes in at 13.6% alcohol. This is Niepoort's occasionally quixotic tribute to Burgundy. This is a good vintage for it, though. Elegant and bright, with fine flavor and texture, this is bursting with flavor. There are fresh raspberries everywhere, the tension on the finish easily lifting the fruit. It finishes with another wave of flavor, exuberant in its youth. This is, as always, understated in some ways, too, showing fine mid-palate finesse. This is probably my favorite vintage of this brand in awhile. It may be entitled to an uptick if it develops well. It may do better in terms of aging than suggested, as Niepoort hopes, but let's take that in stages. In the meanwhile, it should be approachable young, but give it a couple of years if you can.