Chateau des Charmes 2006 Rosé Sparkling
The 2005 vintage was the first trial for this Rosee and it did amazingly well. When I first tried the 2005 Rosé Sparkling it was a secreted bottle from a limited batch, and the formula was all very hush-hush. The formula is still a big mystery but the wine is not. This is one of those wines that should be shouted about from the rooftops. Paul Bosc has done it again. Now, I must admit to a bit of a bias when it comes to this wine – I got engaged over a bottle of this bubbly, actually it’s predecessor (the 2005) so it has a special place in my heart. That said, the 2005 vintage is gonna be hard to top for the reason given above … but I grudgingly have to say that maybe it has been. This 2006 is loaded with fresh red fruit – the aromas are like a bowl of red berries: strawberries, raspberries and cherries. The fresh berries follow through onto the palate … bottom line this wine is simply lovely to sip on, with all those strawberries and cherries whafting and swishing around, gracing the palate with lovely acidity and a clean ready-for-more finish. This 3-year bottle aged bubbly is a masterstroke. I always thought nothing could beat the 2005 pink bottle of bubbly I had, but this just might do it … makes me want to get engaged all over again. Price: $28.95 – Rating: *****
Niagara Peninsula
At the winery

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