Closson Chase Churchside Chardonnay 2017

Canada, Ontario
93 WA
93 WA
94 WA
93 WA
Closson Chase Churchside Chardonnay 2017

Grand Cru level Chardonnay from a relatively unknown region - discover the brilliant balance of the Closson Chase Churchside Vineyard Chardonnay!

Country Canada
Province Ontario
Region Prince Edward County
Producer Closson Chase Vineyards
Vintage 2017
Color White Wine
Varietal(s) Chardonnay

Grand Cru level Chardonnay from a relatively unknown region - discover the brilliant balance of the Closson Chase Churchside Vineyard Chardonnay!

Country Canada
Province Ontario
Region Prince Edward County
Producer Closson Chase Vineyards
Vintage 2017
Color White Wine
Varietal(s) Chardonnay
Closure Cork
Volume 750ml
Alcohol 13.3%
Product Code A010W00817
UPC 180756000797
Inventory In Stock (14)
Owning & Enjoying

Tasting notes

Peach and ripe Golden Delicious apple explode from the glass, while mineral and lemon custard tones play in the background. White pepper & spice lead to ripe fruit and flowers in the mouth. Beautiful minerality and rich custard are balanced by perfect acidity. The finish is focused and persistent. Pairing suggestion Halibut, sea scallops or grilled white meats


Halibut, sea scallops or grilled white meats


Enjoy now and beyond 2025

John Szabo, MS. Quality nose here off the top, delivering subtle flinty reduction and quality barrel influence, subtle but effective. The palate is thick with extract, ferrying genuine density from low-yielding vines; length is excellent. I love the mix of citrus and lemon curd with that subtle old cinnamon-oak flavour. Acids are comfortably ripe although crunchy and fresh, and lees play their role of tempering and moderating the limestone sizzle. Excellent length. Drink 2020-2027. Tasted January 2020.
Janet Dorozynski, PhD. Medium intense apple citrus nose and palate with impressive concentration and depth. Balanced, well integrated oak with a medium long finish. An impressive Chardonnay. 
Michael Godel.   Platinum hue and reserved aromatics indicate a reductive tendency so give it some air. Comes out and away clean and more expressive, with periodic mineral notes, not exactly saline but certainly from the table. Lovely fruit in the melon to orchard way and elevated by acidity plus fine grape tannin. Lovely and composed wine right here. Last tasted blind at NWAC19, June 2019. Truth be submitted, discussed and told the 2017 Closson Chase Vineyard is a lovely, accessible, County for all chardonnay but this, this is something other. This Churchside '17 from a block of vines at the prettiest little chapel around delivers the fullest fruit compliment of the times, in headline, lede and body of work. It does so with a posit tug of tension and spot on, pinpointed and precise attention to balance. States a case with best butter, better toast and even greater purpose. The '17 Churchside undulates and circles, coming to rest in the moment where it all melts down, like a ball in place on the roulette wheel, always having known what number it would be. Drink 2019-2026. Tasted June 2019.
David Lawrason, This is a powerful, complex and almost scintillating chardonnay with a generous, very complex nose of baked peach, lemon wax, pistachio, peat smoke and cedary spice. It is full bodied but built on firm almost lean County acidity and minerality. The focus and length are excellent to outstanding. Very impressive, full throttle yet carefully considered.
Reviews & Ratings

GOLD , National Wine Awards of Canada



VQA Prince Edward County


- Harvest: October 7-15
- Yield: 2.1 tonnes/acre
- Residual Sugar: 4.4 g/l
- Method: Hand harvested
- Fermentation: 100% barrel fermented
- Barrel Treatment: 20% new French Oak - Alcohol: 13.3%
- Production: 175 cases


Fermentation: 100% barrel fermented Barrel Treatment: 20% new French Oak Production: 175 cases

Production Amount


Producer Description

Closson Chase is a quality-driven producer that has helped spearhead the birth of the Prince Edward County wine industry. Since 1999, it has been committed to creating distinctive wines that rival the world’s finest. Set in Hillier, Ontario, the estate is over 30 acres of south facing limestone-rich soil under vine; planted high density to the classic Burgundian-varietals of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir with small yields, French-inspired vinification and careful barreling in 100% French oak.

The Terroir

The soils of the County provide some of the best grape growing conditions favouring Vitis Vinifera. Closson Chase’s decision to produce two early ripening varieties, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, reflect a deep understanding of the site’s possibilities.

Specifically, the Hillier clay loam at Closson Chase is well to moderately draining, with a shallow layer of top soil consisting of organic matter and crumbled limestone rubble situated on an understructure of fractured limestone plates. The soil retains moisture within its depths which encourages deep root penetration of the vine.

The fractured limestone plates also facilitate root penetration. The calcareous nature of the soil, created from millennia of crustacean deposits, has a high pH – 7.9 to 8.1 – an ideal environment for grape vine roots, while the reflective pale gray rubble supports production of fruit colour and ripening.

The climate of Prince Edward County, virtually an island, is greatly moderated by Lake Ontario. This massive body of water allows Southern Ontario to grow its fruits.

Closson Chase Vineyard experiences a fast start in the spring, with higher risk of spring frost, but full ripening before the shorter, cooler fall season. Closson Chase’s south facing slope adds to the early warming ability of the site, as well as aiding in water drainage and airflow. Both Chardonnay and Pinot Noir break bud early and require one of the shortest growing seasons of all vinifera wine grapes to fully ripen. The nature of the soil, the site and the nature of the varietals are perfectly married, giving Closson Chase the opportunity to achieve world class wines.

Closson Chase, in addition to its estate grown wines, produces both Chardonnay and Pinot Noir sourced from premium vineyards it leases in the Niagara Peninsula.


"I want to capture what Mother Nature grows in a bottle" 

Keith Tyers grew up in nearby Kingston, where he developed a keen interest in wine and food. A move to Toronto fueled his passion for wine and led him to take the International Sommelier Guild program at Humber College. After a few years as part of the big city restaurant scene, Keith decided he wanted to be closer to home and enjoy a quieter lifestyle. His journey took him to Prince Edward County where he settled on Closson Road with his wife Cassandra to raise their young family. Keith began his winemaking career as a Vineyard Hand in 2003, soon after his arrival in the County. This quickly led to an Assistant Winemaker position, where he worked under Deborah Paskus for several years. After a brief period in wine consulting and sales, Keith returned to Closson Chase and took over as Winemaker in 2015. Since then he has continued the tradition of excellence in Chardonnay and has also followed his passion of producing exceptional Pinot Noir. Keith’s philosophy is to capture what Mother Nature grows in a bottle, creating the best possible expression of local terroir. 

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