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 Vale de Mendiz, in the heart of the 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 Lagares.
The weather during the agricultural year 2013/2014 will certainly be remembered for its instability. Harvest at Vale de Mendiz for parcels of grapes destined for Charme started early, on 1st September and the majority of grapes were picked before the effects of the rain, which during the month of September was 56.6 mm in the Cima Corgo -well up on 30 mm the average over the last few decades. A very rigorous job was carried out on the sorting table to ensure only optimum fruit was selected.
The grapes were lightly crushed with 100% stems into granite Lagares where they were foot trodden. What is most important in this winemaking process is the length of time of the pre-fermentation maceration and beginning of alcoholic fermentation, where extraction is very rigorous. Charme initially undergoes fermentation in Lagar and then moves on to barrel, where it concludes the process. Minimal racking and ageing in French oak barrels for 15 to 19 months, completes the process.