Niepoort, Charme 750ml 2015Portugal, Douro
'Rich tannins and concentration are driven both by ripe black fruits and a strongly mineral texture in this wine. The tannins have been smoothed by wood aging, but that's deceptive. Although the silkiness suggests early drinking, the firmer core suggests aging. Go for aging, because this will be an even more impressive wine from 2021.' – Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast, 94/100
'The 2015 Charme is a field blend, particularly Tinta Roriz and Touriga Franca, aged for 15 months in used French barriques. It comes in at 13.6% alcohol. This is Niepoort's occasionally quixotic tribute to Burgundy. This is a good vintage for it, though. Elegant and bright, with fine flavor and texture, this is bursting with flavor. There are fresh raspberries everywhere, the tension on the finish easily lifting the fruit. It finishes with another wave of flavor, exuberant in its youth. This is, as always, understated in some ways, too, showing fine mid-palate finesse. This is probably my favorite vintage of this brand in awhile. It may be entitled to an uptick if it develops well. It may do better in terms of aging than suggested, as Niepoort hopes, but let's take that in stages. In the meanwhile, it should be approachable young, but give it a couple of years if you can.' – Mark Squires, Wine Advocate, 93+/100
'A field blend including Tinta Roriz, Touriga Franca and others. Lightish crimson. Wild sour-cherry aroma and just a touch smoky. Succulent, compact and yet silky. Intense but not overly sweet. Smooth depth and length. Really persistent with the sour-cherry coming back to complete the circle on the finish. Elegant.' – Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com, 17+/20
The Niepoort family has been creating Port Wines since 1842. Dirk Niepoort, fifth generation, is the head of the business after his father, Rolf’s retirement in 2005. Dirk is a pioneer of table wines in Portugal and, as with all Dirk’s projects around the world, his focus is on traditionally made wines that offer elegance while showcasing terroir. Dirk ‘helped transform the region and the way the world thinks about wine’ says Wine & Spirits Magazine about Dirk and his role in the Douro. His wines transcend the extreme heat of the Douro and display great freshness and elegance.
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