Château Charmail 2016 - A.O.C Haut-Médoc
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The 2016 Charmail is blended of 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc and 10% Petit Verdot aged for 12 months in roughly one-third each new, one-year-old and two-year-old French oak barrels. Deep garnet-purple in color, it delivers intense scents of crème de cassis, cedar chest and pencil lead with touches of yeast extract and menthol. Medium to full-bodied with a firm frame of chewy tannins and plenty of mint-laced fruit, it finishes just a little woody at this youthful stage but should dial that in beautifully with another year or two in bottle.
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Blueberry and blackberry character with hints of stones and minerals. Medium to full body and firm and silky tannins. Wonderful tannin quality here.
points on 100
A wine that can be shy in the early stages in certain vintages, but really comes out of itself in 2016. Oak dominates right now, although there is ripe cassis fruit underneath. They have made the slightly strange choice of having 100% new oak for the primeurs when the final wine will only have 33% - I have seen estates do this a few times this year and am not sure it's the best approach. Anyway, the overall impression is of luscious fruit with a kick of glamour, but I will need to restaste once bottled to see if that remains the case. A new blend this year, after buying a few new plots, of 40% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Cabernet Franc and 8% Petit Verdot. The second vintage with Hubert de Bouard.
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Bright dark crimson. Deep, dark nose with lots of hot cross bun spicy charm. Pretty sweet but well done, except that it's pretty dry and demanding on the end. Ambitious but you will have to wait!
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Un joli bordeaux aux notes de baies noires (cassis, mûre) et d'épices, avec une stricture tannique dense mais mûre et beaucoup de juteux.
points on 20
One of the sleepers of the vintage, the 2016 Charmail is dark, ripe and voluptuous. Dark red fruit, new leather, spice and oak are pushed forward. Readers should expect a ripe, concentrated style. This is a big, big wine and there is real depth and density here. Tasted three times.
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The Charmail property sees the river

Charmail is located on the edge of the Gironde, which allows it to benefit from a certain softness in the temperatures and to be protected from the strong frost of winter which can be dramatic for the plantation Of the property, we can enjoy an absolutely beautiful view. The vineyard is in fact one piece and extends almost to the edge of the water. Some mornings, the sunrise has something magical, between water, mist and vines. "An ocean of vines flows into the river, it's a stunning sight! B. Halluin. The property also has a real topographic advantage. The undulating and southern exposure contribute to the maturity of the grapes, and the vine plants enjoy a light wind that allows a regular aeration of foliage and berries.

The history of the domain

Charmail takes its name from its history dating back to the 16th century, namely the Trevey family of Charmail who settled at that time in the Medoc. The notoriety of the property as for it, dates back to the beginning of the 18th century. Since then, this land has been cultivated in viticulture. It is in this past and these Medocan traditions, that our soil drew all its force and its power.


Olivier takes the reins of ownership in hands. Visionary and demanding, in a few years, he gives it a true style and makes it a safe bet for the Haut Médoc. Vintage after vintage, for nearly 30 years, he vinifies with conviction and talent beautifully balanced wines.


Bernard d'Halluin, a Chti raised in Bordeaux, realizes his dream of getting into wine. In search of a property in Bordeaux, he fell in love with Charmail. The two men, driven by the same passion, today form a complementary duo in the service of property.

"I want to continue in Charmail the work undertaken by Olivier and his team. I listen, I taste, I learn

B. Halluin

With this change of ownership, new ambitions appear such as the enlargement of the vineyard (6 hectares bought back in 2010 reconstituting the original vineyard), the development of new buildings, new orientations in viticulture, as well as a real willingness to introduce our wine to amateurs (participation in exhibitions and tastings)

"Together we build Charmail"

B. Halluin

Bernard and Marie d'Halluin, father and daughter

When Bernard d'Halluin thinks of converting himself into wine to realize his dream, he speaks instinctively to his daughter. When he takes Charmail, he quickly convinces Marie to join him, to lead this project a little crazy, for those who are not born in a barrel. Here they are, spending as much time as possible on the property to train. The father manages the estate and the girl, with her strong background in business school at ESCP Paris, is involved in the communication of the property. Very accomplice, this duo manages today the domain hand in hand, animated by the passion of the wine, the enthusiasm and the desire to do well.

Olivier Sèze, the consulting oenologist

Former owner, he stayed on the side of the family to continue the adventure together. He puts at the service of the property all his experience, know-how and expertise. Thus Charmail continues its path in line with what Olivier has established for years, namely the mastery and the requirement in all stages of the Wine Vine, in search of elegance and balance.

The Charmail Team

With many years spent together, the Charmail team knows each other well and above all knows the field very well. It is thanks to the will and talent of each and the cohesion of this team, that the property is what it is today.

Technical sheet

  • The producer
    Château Charmail
  • Type of wine
    Cru Bourgeois
  • Appellation
  • Superficy
    27 hectares
  • Age of the vines
    30 years
  • Harvests
    100% hand harvested
  • Barrels
    33% of new barrels
  • When should you drink it?
    Drink between 2023 and 2034
  • Wine apogee
  • How is it now?
    Too young, should age more
  • Service temperature

The vineyard

This Red wine (Cru Bourgeois) from Haut-Médoc is made with a vineyard that has an area of 27 hectares by Château Charmail. The average age of the vines is 30 years. The harvest for this wine are 100% hand harvested.

Into the cellars

This wine has remained 12 months in Oak barrels. For this wine, the estate has made the choice to incorporate 33% of new barrels.


The clearing and enhancement of the Médoc only dates from the 16th and 17th centuries. The wines of this region are quickly known and their fame crosses borders.The appellation is recognized by the decree of November 14, 1936, updated in December 2011.
The soils are mainly composed of gravels, that is to say a mixture of gravels and sands, with nuances given the extent of the appellation area and the presence of a clay-limestone subsoil outcropping very marginally.