Critics at home and abroad are unanimous about the quality of all 5 wines, in the Chartier Créateur d'harmonies range
Alain Lebel, Magazine Bacchus - 90 points and Top Pick—(Fronsac Chartier 2012) “A brilliant and original accomplishment! After evaluating over 50 Bordeaux wines under $20, this one comes out on top! The new labels are nice and the wine proposes an exceptional price-pleasure ratio!”
Bill Zacharkiw, The Montreal Gazette & ChacunSonVin. Com – 89 points — (Fronsac Chartier 2012) “$18-$23 Mid-priced marvel: Richly textured. Black plums, spice on the nose. Fills out nicely in the mid-palate only to be tightened up on the finish. Oak is nicely integrated, tannins are ripe and round but hold the wine together nicely. At under $20, one of the top Bordeaux at the SAQ.”
Nadia Fournier, ChacunSonVin.Com — 89 points — (Fronsac Chartier 2012) « A prime example of its appellation. Generous, filled with merlot’s roundness; nice fruit and a mention-worthy concentration in the context of this vintage. A small proportion of Cabernets (franc and sauvignon in equal proportion) bring a tannic structure and an austere touch during the final that add to its dimension.”
Marc Chapleau, ChacunSonVin. Com – 88 points — (Fronsac Chartier 2012) “A solid Fronsac, surprisingly strong considering the vintage, dense, a certain evolution, a pleasantly tannic character. This Chartier Fronsac 2012 made me want to kiss our own François, so imagine! A good Bordeaux.”
Bill Zacharkiw, ChacunSonVin.Com — 89 points — (Le Blanc 2014 Pays d’Oc IGP, Chartier, France) « That's pretty good. Plays along melon and apple notes. Rich texture with a spicy, leesy finish that doesn’t get sticky. Has admirable length as well. Authentic and interesting.”
Nadia Fournier, ChacunSonVin. Com – 89 points — (Le Blanc 2014 Pays d’Oc IGP, Chartier, France) “Nicely textured with a fatty side and a refined bitterness that contrasts with the white-fruit flavours and a mineral backdrop that contributes to its thirst-quenching character. A nice finish for its price.”
Marc Chapleau, ChacunSonVin. Com – 88 points — (Le Blanc 2014 Pays d’Oc IGP, Chartier, France) “A very good Languedoc white, quite full-bodied but also quite dry, not very aromatic, not lurid at all (. . .)”
"Where no wine as gone before!"
Wine Spectator, Harvey Steiman (September 2013)
"Ribera del Duero 2012 Chartier, Spain: For this wine, the renowned sommelier has collaborated with bodegas Arrocal to create a most civilized version of the local tinta del pais that expresses itself freely with an obviously joyous fruitiness and, above all, that measures up guilt-free to its barrel aging, yielding a tight frame finale."
Le Devoir, Jean Aubry (March 2014).
"Chartier's Toscana is so good, I would gladly pay $30-$35 for it!"
Journal de Montréal, Jessica Harnois (October 2013)
Salut Bonjour! and Journal 24H, Philippe Lapeyrie: "Chartier's wines are eminently digestible wines, just as they are aromatically expressive and quite representative of their respective areas of origin and varietals. These wines will be anyone's secret weapons for wine and food pairings. (…) His Languedoc white is pure, oily and straight to the point! His Côtes-du-Rhône red is chock-full of fruit and the syrah that it contains is balanced just right. I love it! His Fronsac red, stemming from the superb 2010 Bordeaux vintage, is quite typical of right-bank merlots. As for his Tuscan red, composed of sangiovese, cabernet and merlot, it is, by far, my favorite of the lot!
La Presse+, Karyne Duplessis (September 2013): "The sommelier strived to create wines that would be representative of their appellation: a Fronsac merlot for the Bordeaux region, an oak-aged white from the South of France, a typical Côtes-du-Rhône blend, and a Tuscan sangiovese. And that's not the only common thread between the wines in his range: all have a very refreshing acidity devoid of excessive aging in casks. The Pays d’Oc IGP 2012 white, $18.95: I can't wait until lobster season is back to enjoy this wine with the king of crustaceans! The nose is aromatic with a peach dominant. The mouth is rounded, almost hefty and powerful. Here too, peaches and apricots express themselves through a most pleasant acidity. In other words: it's good! Fronsac 2010, $19.95: This merlot is, in my opinion, the best of Chartier's reds. Born of an exceptional grape harvest in the Bordeaux region, it's a tasty wine with notes of blackcurrant, earth and bell peppers. Compared to the others, its mouth has more body and length. Nice job!
Le Devoir, Jean Aubry (September 2013): "Chartier: uncompromising quality!" His wines are respectable, and the pairings do work. But above all, one can detect their origin, that elusive typicality, as well as a true know-how to which Bordeaux oenologist Pascal Chatonnet certainly contributed. The Blanc de Chartier 2012 Pays d’Oc IGP, France: what a nice surprise this white wine represents with all its nuances and finesse. The flavors are neat, precise, floral and lemony yet with just enough volume and personality ★★★. Toscana de Chartier 2009, Italy: blind tasted alongside a Sangiovese Riserva by Umberto Cesari, this sangiovese-merlot-cabernet assemblage was the winner when accompanying a plate of pasta with tomato-basil sauce. It's an evolved wine that details aromas and flavors with a gorgeous texture that is tender and sexy and extremely charming ★★★. Fronsac de Chartier 2010, France: (…) a good wine. Colorful, compact, well-defined, but with a touch of austerity. It has body, vigorous, ripe tannins, and grain, all over a whole that begs to be amalgamated ★★★. Côtes-du-Rhône de Chartier 2012, France: the grenaches lead the way in a very expressive yet flexible and smooth manner. Quite "prime" but not devoid of substance ★★1/2. Journal Voir, Nick Hamilton (November 2013): Well thought-out wines (…). Chartier offers excellent well thought-out vintages of medium intensity that are perfectly harmonious […]
Casa TV, Jessica Harnois (October 2013): It's done! Once again, François Chartier reinvents himself. This incredibly talented man never ceases to amaze with his creativity and audacity!
Fidèles de Bacchus, Alain Lebel (October 2013): Les Fidèles de Bacchus attributes its wine of the week award to the Fronsac Merlot 2010 by Chartier Créateur d’Harmonies.
Magazine Gault & Millau, Cristophe Casazza (October 2013): "French magazine Gault et Millau praises the Chartier range of wines"
Magazine Clin d’œil (October 2013): "The Chartier range of wines are part of the Top 40 can't miss things of the fall"
Magazine Elle Québec (October 2013): "François Chartier, the most famous Québec sommelier launches a range of 4 wines crated specifically for our favorite dishes. Easy-peasy food and wine pairings for all!"
Magazine Véro (October 2013): "After a bona fide revolution in the realm of aromatic families with his book Taste Buds and Molecules, sommelier François Chartier presents his own range of 4 excellent wines!"
Magazine Décormag (October 2013): "François Chartier, the renowned Québec sommelier, introduces his own range of wines: four French and Italian vintages that are the gateway to perfect wine and food pairings."