July 14, 2012
Chateau des Charmes 2006 Estate Bottled Riesling
(Re-Tasted July 2012) ... It truly is a summer for Riesling. With the hot weather we've been having I'm not only digging out the new bottles, but also some of the old ones, to see how they are doing. My original review says to lay this one down and watch it develop, and develop it has, into something lovely. The fruit is still very much intact with apricot, apple and pear notes especially on the nose, but they are intact on the palate too; the acidity has stayed right where it needs to be to keep that lovely freshness and there's even a limeade, honey and lemonade note to the finish. This is still one terrific wine that shows no signs of going anywhere, downhill that is, it seems to be holding its own quite well. Wish I had a few more bottles so I could find out where it is going - cause I'd love to take the ride with it (and wouldn't you know it I do - we'll check back in a year or two).