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Equuleus Paul Bosc Estate Vineyard VQA by Château Des Charmes 2014

Equuleus Paul Bosc Estate Vineyard VQA

by Château Des Charmes 2014

Producer : Château Des Charmes

Region : Canada (Canada), Niagara (Canada), Ontario (Canada)

Bottle Per Case : 6 x 750 ml

Food Pairing : Hard Cheese, Red Meat, Roasted Vegetables

Tasting Notes

Our flagship red wine, Equuleus is a classically styled blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Cabernet Franc and 25% Merlot. But we don’t make it every year. To be considered an “Equuleus year” each of the three grape varieties must have achieved at least 23.5º Brix at harvest. This 2014 is the follow-up to the 2012 vintage, Ontario Wine Awards “Red Wine of the Year” in 2017. Aged for 16 months in 1/3 new French oak, 2/3 in non-new French oak then the blend rests in French oak casks for several months. The result is rich and complex with flavours of cassis and dark chocolate. Equuleus is ready to drink now, but will continue to develop in the bottle for at least another 5-10 years.

The name Equuleus comes from the “Little Horse” constellation, best seen when it rises in the night sky every September, the traditional start of our harvest. This equine symbol celebrates Paul's other passion -- Egyptian Arabian horses which are stabled at the Paul Bosc Estate, the Bosc family’s home vineyard.

93 points - Rick van Sickle, Winesinniagara.com, Feb 2015

Specs

Bottles Per Case 6 Pack
Bottle Size 750 ml
Producer Château Des Charmes
Region Canada (Canada), Niagara (Canada), Ontario (Canada)
Alcohol 13.0% alc. / vol.
Style Intense and bold reds
Vintage 2014
Farming Method Sustainable
Grapes 25% Cabernet Franc, 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot
Food Pairing Hard Cheese, Red Meat, Roasted Vegetables
Descriptors Earthy
Wine Type Red
Wood Presence Oaked
Body Full
Price of Case $268.80

The Producer

Château Des Charmes

The impressive entrance to Château des Charmes Winery (pictured below) with the formal gardens and the classic façade are reminiscent of an ancient French estate. Hardly surprising, as Château des Charmes has a long history of winemaking, dating back seven generations to Alsace.

Founded by industry visionary Paul Bosc, this family estate winery is set among 35-hectares of pristine vines in the St. David’s Bench. By the early 1970s, Paul was crafting Ontario wines that surprised many in the wine world. In 1978, he established Château des Charmes as a 60-acre estate winery and planted the first commercial Canadian vineyard growing only vitis vinifera grapes….this is truly Canadian wine history in the making.

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