Written By Treve Ring Libations / Red Wine Sep 9, 2011 Château des Charmes Gamay Noir Droit, St. David’s Bench Vineyard SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestChâteau des Charmes Gamay Noir Droit, St. David’s Bench Vineyard 2008 Niagara, Ontario$18-24 +582353 Available in select private liquor storeswww.chateaudescharmes.comWay back in 1982, Château des Charmes’ founder Paul-Michel Bosc was pioneering clonal selection research at his vineyard in Niagara-on-the-Lake. When walking through the vines, he noticed a single Gamay Noir vine that exhibited some interesting and unique characteristics. Most noticeably to the eye, the vine shoots grew upright (droit is upright in French). This particular Gamay produced grapes that ripen about ten days later than standard Gamay Noir, building higher sugar levels and achieving darker colour. The result is a red wine with more body, alcohol and flavour concentration.Bosc began propagation of this single vine, tending and cultivating it for two decades before he was granted international Plant Breeder’s Rights to recognize it as an entirely new vinifera. Therefore, Gamay Noir Droit, Canada’s first vinifera, was born.Definitely fuller in colour (glowing purple violet) and body than typical Gamay, this single vineyard red opens with wild berries and earth. The juicy palate is potent ripe berry, cranberry and black cherries, with a dark chocolate-cinnamon spiced finish. Solid structure, with lower tannins and a ripe cherry juiciness throughout. This would be great with pasta Bolognese or turkey drumsticks.Rating: (click here to see what our wine ratings mean)EATrecommendsChâteau des Charmes Gamay Noir Droit, St. David’s Bench Vineyard 2008Definitely fuller in colour (glowing purple violet) and body than typical Gamay, this single vineyard red opens with wild berries and earth. The juicy palate is potent ripe berry, cranberry and black cherries, with a dark chocolate-cinnamon spiced finish. Solid structure, with lower tannins and a ripe cherry juiciness throughout. This would be great with pasta Bolognese or turkey drumsticks.—————————————————————————————————————————————Editor’s Note: I worked with Paul Bosc back in those early days. My job was to clean out the vats ( I was a skinny lad). Then we would walk around the winery sampling from the tanks. His favourite (he said) were the fermenting whites which he called Sturm wine. Sturm referred to the “storm” the raw wine would make in your stomach if you drank too much. His wife would put on on these great spreads of charcuterie and cheeses to feed us workers. It was a heady time in the Niagara. – G.H.GamayWine Reviews SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Treve Ring Treve Ring is a wine writer, editor, judge, consultant and certified sommelier, and has been with EAT Magazine for over a decade.\r\n\r\nIn addition to her work with EAT, she is a Wine Critic and National Judge for ... Read More You may also like Food Events / Food News September 18, 2019 EAT Buzz Up-Island & Tofino September|October 2019 The Buzz Up-Island It’s high time for festival season! I anticipate this time of the year all year long when fresh produce is in abundance, ... Read More Food Events / Food News July 3, 2019 EAT Buzz Up-island & Tofino July|August 2019 The Buzz Up-island July 2019 “First we EAT, then we do everything else”(M.K.Fisher) – at least I do anyway. Never short of ... Read More Events / Food News / Places June 27, 2019 City EATS July|August 2019 Summertime means eating al fresco, whether on one of our city’s many lovely outdoor patios or packing a picnic and heading to a park or ... Read More Events / Food News / Places May 3, 2019 City EATS May 2019 Summer is on the way! This seems like a good time to remind you about Victoria’s incredible small batch ice cream and frozen treat makers, just in ... Read More Events / Food News / Places May 3, 2019 The Buzz Tofino May 2019 16th Tofino Food & Wine Festival — 20 top chefs, 75 wineries and 21 breweries to indulge on June 7th – 9th. Friday kicks off The Cocktail ... Read More Events / Food News / Places May 3, 2019 The Buzz Up-island May 2019 Living on Vancouver Island is like living in paradise; however, I think Mother Nature is possibly going to test our resilience this season with ... Read More Comments are closed.