Estate: Paul Bosc, a fifth generation French winegrower who holds degrees in Viticulture and Oenology from the University of Burgundy in Dijon, France, founded Château des Charmes in 1978. Paul brought his young family to the Niagara on the Lake region of Canada in the 1960’s “with the idea that growing our own grapes was the best way to make fine wine”. The estate consists of 280 acres of vineyards in four locations all within the Niagara-on-the-Lake region. Paul established himself as a pioneer in the region, from planting traditional French varietals to employing cutting edge techniques such as installing wind machines to protect the vines from the cold. In addition to being recognized for their progressive, groundbreaking work with traditional French grapes and methods, their wines have garnered accolades for their balance, finesse and quality. Paul Sr still has an active role in the vineyards, his son Paul Jr is President of the estate, and Paul Jr’s wife Michèle is the Director of Marketing.
Philosophy: “We are custodians of the land.” Crafting wines that are “food friendly and age worthy. We hope you will call them delicious”.
Winemaking: Committed from the very beginning to sustainable practices, the family is a charter member of Sustainable Winegrowing Ontario. Chemical treatments are never used, and sustainable methods such as hedge vine canopies, and under drainage are utilized. Naturally occurring yeasts are used for the majority of the wines. All by-products from the winemaking process [stems, skins, seeds] are returned to the vineyards as natural fertilizer. Their extensive cellars are geothermal and do not require any heating or cooling, especially impressive considering how cold Canadian winters can be.
The Generation Seven range of wines “celebrate family, friends and the connections we create while sharing delicious food and wine. Seven generations of our family have been born into our way of life. So we have enjoyed many meals with a bottle or two of good wine”. The line also represents an “ecological concept that urges the current generation to live sustainably and work for the benefit of the seventh generation into the future”.
Tasting Notes: Dark garnet in colour with aromas of black cherry and crushed black peppercorn. Silky black cherry and red currant flavours are draped over a peppery-spiced core. Hints of vanilla and toasted oak comprise the dry finish. Easy drinking and super versatile, your glass will empty will swiftly.
Pairing Suggestions From the Winery: You could sip this wine while making dinner. Better yet, enjoy it with a hearty homemade lasagna or a wild mushroom risotto.
Blend of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Gamay Noir “and a hint of Merlot”
$13 [Canadian Dollars]