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After an experimental edition in 2000, Charme 2002 is released. 2002 was a difficult but generous year. Charme is elegant and smooth and quite distinct in style from Batuta. Old vineyards from Vale de Mendiz in the Pinhão Valley are a key element for Charme. These small, sheltered vineyards with low production are skilled for elegant wines with mature tannins. The early harvest is crucial for a wine like Charme, because on one hand it's difficult to get hold of the production of these precious and rare vines and, on the other hand, the harvest must be at the optimal maturation point. These details make the production of Charme a risky challenge but it also makes the wine so unique and rare.

Vinification

After the manual harvest and the strict selection of the grapes, Charme ferments in a traditional stone Lagar with all the stems. After a short maceration (like in the Port Wine), the vinification is completed in new French oak casks. The wine stays in this oak for 15 months also for malolactic fermentation.

Tasting Notes

Impressive, generous aroma with concentrated fruit balanced with elegant notes of tea and tobacco. Velvet, with mature tannins with smooth red fruits. Structured and complete and with great freshness. Finishes slowly and persistent with coffee and mokka.

Technical Information

Producer

Niepoort (Vinhos) S.A.

Region

Douro

Soil Type

Schist

Vineyards

Vale de Mendiz

Average Vine Age

70 and more than 100 years

Grape Varieties

Tinta Roriz, Touriga Franca and others

Vines per HA

6000

Pruning Method

Double Guyot

Alt. from Sea Level

350

Harvest Period

September

Harvest Method

Hand picked

Malolactic

Barrels

Fermentation

Stone lagares

Bottled

July 2005

Ageing

15 month in french oak casks (228l)

Alcohol (%)

13.45

pH

3.69

Total Acidity (g/dm3)

5.3

Free SO2 at Bottling (mg/dm3)

39

Production

4.500 bottles

Food Suggestions

Mushrooms and game dishes, such as partridge or pheasant.

2003 was a very hot and dry year, so we decided not to produce Charme. Chame 2004 is the second edition of this rare and elegant wine. Though the year was equally dry, the rain that fell in August allowed finding the perfect stage of maturation. Various old vines in Vale de Mendiz, in Pinhão valley are the key element for the production of Charme. These small, sheltered vineyards with low production are skilled for elegant wines with soft tannins. Every detail in Charme making allow obtaining this such rare and unique wine.

Vinification

After the manual harvest and the strict selection of the grapes, Charme ferments in a traditional stone lagar with all the stems. After a short maceration (like in the Port Wine), the fermentation is completed in French oak casks. The wine aged in the same casks, during 15 months, where also occurred the malolactic fermentation.

Tasting Notes

Very expressive wine, concentrated aroma and balanced fruit, with elegant notes of tea and tobacco. Involving in the tasting, very aromatic, with evident fruit but great complexity. Good structure with soft tannins and appellative freshness; a very long and persistent finish with coffee and mokka notes.

Technical Information

Producer

Niepoort (Vinhos) S.A.

Region

Douro

Soil Type

Schist

Vineyards

Vale de Mendiz

Average Vine Age

70 and more than 100 years

Grape Varieties

Tinta Roriz, Touriga Franca and others

Vines per HA

6000

Pruning Method

Double Guyot

Alt. from Sea Level

350

Harvest Period

September

Harvest Method

Hand picked

Malolactic

Barrels

Fermentation

Stone lagares

Bottled

April 2006

Ageing

15 months in barrels

Dry Extract

27.8

Alcohol (%)

13.5

pH

3.71

Total Acidity (g/dm3)

4.99

Volatile Acidity (g/dm3)

0.66

Free SO2 at Bottling (mg/dm3)

17

Production

4.500 bottles

Food Suggestions

Mushrooms and game dishes, such as partridge or pheasant.

Charme is an elegant wine with mature tannins. Small details make the production of Charme a risky challenge but it also makes the wine so unique and rare. Small, sheltered vineyards with low production from Vale de Mendiz in the Pinhão Valley are the key element for Charme.

Vinification

Old vineyards from Vale de Mendiz in the Pinhão Valley are a key element for Charme. These small, sheltered vineyards with low production are skilled for elegant wines with mature tannins. 2005 harvest of Charme was done early in September to avoid high alcohol content and low acidity. Rigorous selection was done in vineyard and winery. This wine is fermented in traditional granite lagars, with all stems. After a short maceration in lagar, the end of alcoholic and all malolactic fermentation was done in French oak barrels. The wine stays in barrel during 16 months.

Tasting Notes

Impressive wine, generous aroma with concentrated fresh fruit, balanced with elegant notes of tea, tobacco and dry balsamic herbs. Velvet, with mature tannins with smooth red fruits. Structured wine with great complexity and freshness. Long and persistent with coffee and moka notes.

Technical Information

Producer

Niepoort (Vinhos) S.A.

Region

Douro

Soil Type

Schist

Vineyards

Vale de Mendiz

Average Vine Age

70 and more than 100 years

Grape Varieties

Tinta Roriz, Touriga Franca and others

Vines per HA

6000

Pruning Method

Double Guyot and Royat

Alt. from Sea Level

350

Harvest Period

September

Harvest Method

Hand picked

Malolactic

Barrels

Fermentation

Granite lagares and barrels

Bottled

April 2007

Ageing

16 month in french oak casks

Dry Extract

25.7

Residual Sugar (g/dm3)

1.6

Alcohol (%)

13.45

pH

3.69

Total Acidity (g/dm3)

4.36

Volatile Acidity (g/dm3)

0.62

Free SO2 at Bottling (mg/dm3)

30

Production

3.600 bottles

Food Suggestions

Mushrooms and game dishes, such as partridge or pheasant.

Charme is an elegant wine with mature tannins. Small details make the production of Charme a risky challenge, but it also makes the wine so unique and rare. Small, sheltered vineyards with low production from Vale de Mendiz in the Pinhão Valley are the key elements for Charme.

Vinification

Old vineyards from Vale de Mendiz in the Pinhão Valley are a key element for Charme. These small, sheltered vineyards with low production are the essences for elegant wines with mature tannins. The 2006 harvest of Charme was made early in September to avoid high alcohol content and low acidity. Rigorous selection was done in the vineyard and winery. The wine is fermented in traditional granite lagars, with all the stems. After a short maceration in lagar, the end of alcoholic and the malolactic fermentation was carried out in French oak barrels. The wine remains in barrel for 19 months.

Tasting Notes

Light in color, fresh and vibrant. Charme 2006 is particularly refined, elegant and expressive.

It has a lot of complexity and a long finish.

Technical Information

Producer

Niepoort (Vinhos) S.A.

Region

Douro

Soil Type

Schist

Vineyards

Vale de Mendiz

Average Vine Age

70 and more than 100 years

Grape Varieties

Tinta Roriz, Touriga Franca and others

Vines per HA

6000

Pruning Method

Double Guyot and Royat

Alt. from Sea Level

350

Harvest Period

September

Harvest Method

Hand picked

Malolactic

Barrels

Fermentation

Granite lagares and barrels

Bottled

July 2008

Ageing

19 month in french oak casks

Dry Extract

26.2

Alcohol (%)

13.91

pH

3.6

Total Acidity (g/dm3)

5.22

Volatile Acidity (g/dm3)

0.56

Free SO2 at Bottling (mg/dm3)

26

Production

3.600 bottles

Food Suggestions

Mushrooms and game dishes, such as partridge or pheasant.

Charme is a rare wine from the Douro. The way its elegance combines with the smooth and mature tannins are unique in expressing old sheltered vineyards from Vale Mendiz in the heart of the Douro area in the Pinhão Valley. All the small details involving the production of Charme turn the final result difficult to achieve. In the end only the best barrels are chosen to be bottled as Charme.

Vinification

2007 was an excellent year for the Douro wine region, rains occurred during spring and the beginning of summer, allowing soils to maintain good water levels until harvest. Also low yields, due mainly to rain during flowering season and some mildew present in the vineyards, were very important to obtain such quality fruit with great acidity and balanced sugar contents.

Harvest occurred during September with very good weather conditions, clusters were selected both in the vineyard and in winery, and fermentation was done in traditional stone lagares, foot trodden, with all the stems. After a short maceration, alcoholic and malolactic fermentations were finished in French oak barrels, where the wine was aged for 16 months. Bottling was done without any fining or filtration.

Tasting Notes

A rich, fresh and elegant wine, light in colour, with fresh cherry and macerated raspberry aromas, earthy notes of mushrooms and truffles. Elegant notes of tea leaves and pipe tobacco and cigar. The taste is fresh, long, with very good structure, velvety tannins and great complexity of mineral notes and fresh fruit flavours. Great intensity and persistence.

Technical Information

Producer

Niepoort (Vinhos) S.A.

Region

Douro

Soil Type

Schist

Vineyards

Vale de Mendiz

Average Vine Age

70 and more than 100 years

Grape Varieties

Tinta Roriz, Touriga Franca and others

Vines per HA

6000-6500

Pruning Method

Double Guyot and Royat

Alt. from Sea Level

300-350

Harvest Period

September

Harvest Method

Hand picked

Malolactic

Barrels

Fermentation

Granite lagares and barrels

Bottled

April 2009

Ageing

16 month in french oak casks

Dry Extract

22.5

Alcohol (%)

13.89

pH

3.68

Total Acidity (g/dm3)

4.47

Volatile Acidity (g/dm3)

0.6

Free SO2 at Bottling (mg/dm3)

20

Production

9.500 bottles

Food Suggestions

Mushrooms and game dishes, such as partridge or pheasant.

Charme is a rare wine from the Douro, which goes against modern tendencies, its elegance and complexity combined with the smooth tannins are unique in expressing old sheltered vineyards from Vale Mendiz in the heart of the Douro area in the Pinhão Valley. All the small details involving the production of Charme turn the final result very difficult to achieve. In the end, only the best barrels are chosen to be bottled as Charme.

Vinification

2008 was an excellent year for the Douro wine region, rains occurred during spring and beginning of summer, allowing soils to maintain good water levels until harvest. Low yields, due mainly to rain during flowering season, were also very important to obtain quality fruit with great acidity and balanced sugar contents.

Harvest occurred during September with very good weather conditions. Bunches were selected both in the vineyard and in the winery and fermentation was done in traditional stone lagares with foot trodden, and all the stems. After a short maceration, alcoholic and malolactic fermentations were finished in French oak barrels, where the wine was aged for 16 months. Bottling was done without any fining or filtration.

Tasting Notes

A rich, fresh and elegant wine, light in colour, with fresh cherry and pine needle aromas, earthy notes of mushrooms and truffles and elegant notes of tea leaves and pipe tobacco. The taste is fresh, long, with very good structure, velvety tannins and great complexity of mineral notes along with fresh fruit flavours, contributing with great tension for an intense, persistent and long lasting wine.

Technical Information

Producer

Niepoort (Vinhos) S.A.

Region

Douro

Soil Type

Schist

Vineyards

Vale de Mendiz

Average Vine Age

70 and more than 100 years

Grape Varieties

Tinta Roriz, Touriga Franca and others

Vines per HA

6000-6500

Pruning Method

Double Guyot and Royat

Alt. from Sea Level

300-350

Harvest Period

September

Harvest Method

Hand picked

Malolactic

Barrels

Fermentation

Granite lagares and barrels

Bottled

April 2010

Ageing

16 month in french oak casks

Dry Extract

22.5

Alcohol (%)

13.89

pH

3.68

Total Acidity (g/dm3)

4.47

Volatile Acidity (g/dm3)

0.6

Free SO2 at Bottling (mg/dm3)

20

Production

9.500 bottles

Food Suggestions

Mushrooms and game dishes, such as partridge or pheasant.

Charme is a rare wine from the Douro. Its elegance and complexity, combined with the smooth tannins are a unique way of expressing the old sheltered vineyards from Vale Mendiz in the Pinhão Valley, the heart of the Douro region. All the small details that make this great wine turn the final result very difficult to achieve. In the end only the best barrels are chosen to be bottled as Charme.

Vinification

2009 was a very fresh year until the beginning of August. A good amount of water in the soil and a cold weather, unusual in the Douro Valley were leading us to a long maturation season. But incredible high temperatures from 12th of August onwards resulted in a very fast maturation process all over the region. Harvest started earlier, in the beginning of September.

Fermentation was done in traditional stone lagares, foot trodden, with all the stems. After a short maceration, alcoholic and malolactic fermentations were finished in French oak barrels, where the wine aged for 14 months. Bottling was done without any fining or filtration

Tasting Notes

Darker in color than the previous edition, Charme 2009 maintains its richness, freshness and elegance, with cherry, plums and pine needles aromas, earthy notes of mushrooms and truffles and elegant notes of tea leaves. The palate is long and fresh with good structure supported by soft tannins, mineral notes involving fruit and contributing to a very long, intense lasting finish.

Technical Information

Producer

Niepoort (Vinhos) S.A.

Region

Douro

Soil Type

Schist

Vineyards

Vale de Mendiz

Average Vine Age

70 and more than 100 years

Grape Varieties

Tinta Roriz, Touriga Franca and others

Vines per HA

6000-6500

Pruning Method

Double Guyot and Royat

Alt. from Sea Level

300-350

Harvest Period

September

Harvest Method

Hand picked

Malolactic

Barrels

Fermentation

Granite lagares and barrels

Bottled

March 2011

Ageing

14 month in french oak casks

Dry Extract

26.8

Alcohol (%)

14

pH

3.74

Total Acidity (g/dm3)

5.02

Volatile Acidity (g/dm3)

0.6

Free SO2 at Bottling (mg/dm3)

24

Production

9.900 bottles

Food Suggestions

Mushrooms and game dishes, such as partridge or pheasant.

Charme is a rare wine from the Douro, its elegance and complexity combined with the smooth tannins are unique in expressing old sheltered vineyards from Vale Mendiz in the heart of the Douro area in the Pinhão Valley. All the small details involving the production of Charme turn the final result very difficult to achieve. In the end, only the best barrels are chosen to be bottled as Charme.

Vinification

2010 year was uncommonly wet during winter and early spring, with very strong rains during this few months, as a consequence we add high yields and strong diseases pressure in the vineyards, the maturation period was very hot and dry, but light rain in the first days of September help specially the older and high altitude vineyards to complete a more balanced maturation.

Harvest was done in the beginning of September. Fermentation, has usual for Charme, was done with all bunch in traditional stone lagares, foot trodden. After a short maceration, alcoholic and malolactic fermentations were finished in French oak barrels, where the wine was aged for 14 months. Bottling was done without any fining or filtration.

Tasting Notes

Charme 2010 shows an bright light color, with very delicate and elegant aroma forest leafs and tobacco notes, with intense fruit character with cherry, raspberry and pine needles aromas, earthy notes of mushrooms and truffles and elegant notes of tea leaves. The palate is fresh and very intense, with strong presence of fresh fruit flavors, very elegant structure with velvety tannins. The mineral notes together with the great acidity are an important contribution for a wine with nerve, intense and persistent with very long lasting aftertaste.

Technical Information

Producer

Niepoort (Vinhos) S.A.

Region

Douro

Soil Type

Schist

Vineyards

Vale de Mendiz

Average Vine Age

70 and more than 100 years

Grape Varieties

Tinta Roriz, Touriga Franca and others

Vines per HA

6000-6500

Pruning Method

Double Guyot and Royat

Alt. from Sea Level

300-350

Harvest Period

September

Harvest Method

Hand picked

Malolactic

Barrels

Fermentation

Granite lagares and barrels

Bottled

April 2012

Ageing

14 month in french oak casks

Dry Extract

25.3

Residual Sugar (g/dm3)

1.8

Alcohol (%)

13

pH

3.68

Total Acidity (g/dm3)

5

Volatile Acidity (g/dm3)

0.7

Free SO2 at Bottling (mg/dm3)

21

Production

8.175 bottles

Food Suggestions

Mushrooms and game dishes, such as partridge or pheasant.

Charme is a rare wine from Douro. Its elegance and complexity, combined with the smooth and enveloping tannins are unique in expressing the old sheltered vineyards from Vale Mendiz located in the Pinhão Valley. All the small details involving the production of this great wine turn the final result very difficult to achieve. In the end only the best barrels are considered to make the final blend.

Vinification

Vineyard burst was uncommonly early in 2011, all the cycle was anticipated and harvest started earlier than ever, nevertheless higher planted vineyards went slower, and when harvest ended all wines presented a good quantity of total acidity.

Fermentation was done with all the stems, in traditional stone lagares and foot treading. After a short maceration, alcoholic and malolactic fermentations were finished in French oak barrels, where the wine aged for 17 months. Bottling was carried out on the 20th February of 2013 without any fining or filtration.

Tasting Notes

Charme 2011 shows a deeper colour than 2010. The nose is complex and impressive with fresh red fruit aromas, delicate notes of balsamic herbs and tea leaves that contribute to a great aromatic complexity. The palate is fresh and long with an elegant structure and velvety tannins. The mineral notes together with a strong presence of fresh fruit flavors provide an intense and persistent long aftertaste.

Technical Information

Producer

Niepoort (Vinhos) S.A.

Region

Douro

Soil Type

Schist

Vineyards

Vale de Mendiz

Average Vine Age

70 and more than 100 years

Grape Varieties

Tinta Roriz, Touriga Franca and others

Vines per HA

6000-6500

Pruning Method

Double Guyot and Royat

Alt. from Sea Level

300-350

Harvest Period

September

Harvest Method

Hand picked

Malolactic

Barrels

Fermentation

Granite lagares and barrels

Bottled

February 2013

Ageing

17 months in French oak casks

Dry Extract

27.1

Residual Sugar (g/dm3)

0.6

Alcohol (%)

14

pH

3.68

Total Acidity (g/dm3)

5.3

Volatile Acidity (g/dm3)

0.6

Free SO2 at Bottling (mg/dm3)

22

Production

7.414 bottles

Food Suggestions

Mushrooms and game dishes, such as partridge or pheasant.

Charme is a rare Douro wine. Its elegance and complexity, encompassing, soft and ripe tannins are a unique manner in which to express very old vines, the freshest and most sheltered of the Mendiz Valley, in the heart of the river Pinhão valley. Charme is the ultimate interpretation of Dirk Niepoort's strong passion for the Burgundy region. A signature wine, a unique wine. Charme is the only still wine produced in the Vale de Mendiz winery in the historical round granite wine presses.

Vinification

2012 was marked by the lack of rain in the Douro region. As a result, the growing cycle of the vine began, on average, 15 days later than in previous years. On the other hand, winter 2012 also saw very low temperatures, which resulted in the good and well balanced growth of the vegetation. The maturation period was not as hot as usual, creating a good balance in the total acidity of the grape musts.

The grapes were harvested at the beginning of September and after careful selection on the sorting table, the whole grape bunches were directly channelled to a granite press.

What is most important in this winemaking process is the length of time of the pre-fermentation maceration and start of alcoholic fermentation, where extraction is very rigorous. Charme initially undergoes fermentation in the press and then moves on to the barrel, where it concludes the process. Without batônnage and racked only once, this wine ages in French oak barrels for 15 to 19 months.

Tasting Notes

Charme 2012, lighter in colour than its predecessor, has a vibrant and very complex nose. Green tea and some vegetal notes from the stems, considerable stone and fresh red fruits give it a very fine and delicate aroma. It has elegance and precision while remaining self-assured. In the mouth it is fresh and still very young, with a good structure and medium concentration. It is multifaceted without being heavy. Extremely light, markedly mineral with a hint of toasted barrel notes which is perfectly integrated. It has firm but silky tannins, with a long, fresh and very seductive finish.

Technical Information

Producer

Niepoort (Vinhos) S.A.

Region

Douro

Soil Type

Schist

Vineyards

Vale de Mendiz

Average Vine Age

70 and more than 100 years

Grape Varieties

Tinta Roriz, Touriga Franca and others

Vines per HA

6000-6500

Pruning Method

Double Guyot and Royat

Alt. from Sea Level

300-350

Harvest Period

September

Harvest Method

Hand picked

Malolactic

Barrels

Fermentation

Granite lagares and barrels

Bottled

28 May 2014

Ageing

19 months

Dry Extract

25.5

Residual Sugar (g/dm3)

0.5

Alcohol (%)

13.99

pH

3.61

Total Acidity (g/dm3)

5.4

Volatile Acidity (g/dm3)

0.6

Free SO2 at Bottling (mg/dm3)

34

Total SO2 (mg/dm3)

133

Volumic Mass (g/cm3)

0.99

Production

4.650 bottles

Food Suggestions

Mushrooms and game dishes, such as partridge or pheasant.
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