March 23, 2014
Chateau des Charmes 2006 Chardonnay Musque
(Re-Tasted March 2014) ... Buoyed by the finding of a Fielding Chardonnay Musque from the same year, I decided to open this bottle of Chateau des Charmes Musque to see how it had fared. Alas, not too well. I have to admit I really didn't expect much from it, it was a wine that literally had gotten misplaced in my cellar and I was surprised to find it. But considering the Fielding had turned out so well I thought it a great opportunity to see how a wine from a different part of Niagara turned out. Chardonnay Musque is an unoaked wine and not really known for it longevity, so the fact that it was even drinkable at all is testament to the wine maker. The nose was very Musqu-esque with floral and perfumed apple notes, but the palate had a bitter mid and finish and an odd, almost sour, aftertaste ... not very appealing at all. So the moral of this bottle is that if you think that a wine is not meant to age put it somewhere where you will remember to drink it sooner.