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Le Clos Jordanne 'Grand Clos' Chardonnay 2019

Canada, Ontario
94 WA
94 WA
94 WA

Le Grand Clos Blanc 2019, from a cool, long, late, and ultimately ‘quite ripe’ vintage, overflows with dry extract and verve, and is rich, tight, and seamless. Remembering to taste this ‘Grand Vin’just a little warmer than one might with other white varietals, one sees the complexity of the Chardonnay grape at its best through the terroir of the dolomitic limestone soils it is grown upon. The complex lemon and elegant marzipan purity on the nose makes one want to say: “this comes from WHERE?” Many cool climate Chardonnays do not have this class, this pinpoint focus and accuracy! Further flavour layers of stone fruit, elegant pear, yellow apple and the barely visible barrel ferment is expressed as an intoxicating spice. The glassine texture is seamless, lacy and with a lanolin-like viscosity. Fine and rich à la fois. Wow, such grace!
This Grand Vin “goes” with so many things at the dinner table, one need simply follow one’s imagination! With greater vine age, we sense even greater delicacy, and yet, confoundingly, a greater weight that will certainly grow up around the wine in bottle. Drinking Prime: 2022-2027.

Country Canada
Province Ontario
Region Niagara Peninsula
Sub-Ava Twenty Mile Bench VQA
Producer Le Clos Jordanne
Vintage 2017
Color White Wine
Varietal(s) Chardonnay
¥7,700

Le Grand Clos Blanc 2019, from a cool, long, late, and ultimately ‘quite ripe’ vintage, overflows with dry extract and verve, and is rich, tight, and seamless. Remembering to taste this ‘Grand Vin’just a little warmer than one might with other white varietals, one sees the complexity of the Chardonnay grape at its best through the terroir of the dolomitic limestone soils it is grown upon. The complex lemon and elegant marzipan purity on the nose makes one want to say: “this comes from WHERE?” Many cool climate Chardonnays do not have this class, this pinpoint focus and accuracy! Further flavour layers of stone fruit, elegant pear, yellow apple and the barely visible barrel ferment is expressed as an intoxicating spice. The glassine texture is seamless, lacy and with a lanolin-like viscosity. Fine and rich à la fois. Wow, such grace!
This Grand Vin “goes” with so many things at the dinner table, one need simply follow one’s imagination! With greater vine age, we sense even greater delicacy, and yet, confoundingly, a greater weight that will certainly grow up around the wine in bottle. Drinking Prime: 2022-2027.

Country Canada
Province Ontario
Region Niagara Peninsula
Sub-Ava Twenty Mile Bench VQA
Producer Le Clos Jordanne
Vintage 2017
Color White Wine
Varietal(s) Chardonnay
Data
Closure Screw Cap
Volume 750ml
Alcohol 13.2%
Product Code A025W00119
UPC 63657040171
Inventory In Stock (40)
Owning & Enjoying

Tasting notes

Pure stone-fruit, lanolin-textured complexity, with length, breadth and a finely-textured elegance, giving way to a complex, marzipan and limestone mineral-inflected ‘calcaire’ finish.

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Sara d'Amato  Le Clos Jordanne's newest vintage, once again under the direction of Niagara's resident terroir hunter, Thomas Bachelder, is sourced from a top location on the Jordan Bench. Le Grand Clos is the "Grand Cru" parcel situated on the western side of the Le Clos Jordanne vineyard. The nose has an aristocratic appeal with spiced pear, lemon zest, lightly toasted almond, fine oak spice, a hint of brioche, and a distinct flintiness. Fresh citrus strikes first on the palate followed by just-ripe stone fruit, gentle toastiness, and delicate notes of honey and blossom. Still austere yet building in volume with every sip, this impressively precise chardonnay features a harmonious cornucopia of flavours with a memorably long finish. Tasted November 2021
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David Lawrason.  I almost went to 95 points (outstanding) on this refined, sophisticated chardonnay but the acid, although mouthwatering and uplifting has a bit of pinch to it. But still a five star value and a lovely effort to celebrate the planting of the Le Grand Clos site above Jordan in the Twenty Mile Bench appellation. It pours bright, medium yellow. Great lift and precision on the nose with hazelnut, macaron, peanut brittle, cream, lemon meringue, apple. It is medium weight, creamy with firm, tart-edge underlying acidity. Lovely satiny feel. Quite riveting with excellent to outstanding length. Tasted November 2021
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PLATINUM MEDAL - National Wine Awards of Canada 2022
Production

Appellation

VQA Twenty Mile Bench

Viticulture

All our vineyards are farmed sustainably to preserve the natural balance of the vines and respect their terroir. We use traditional practices in the vineyard, which we feel helps maintain the qualityof the fruit and its aromatic identity. Each parcel is treated individually according to its terroir specifics, and each vine is cared for by hand from pruning through to harvest. At the start of the season, we begin by pruning, using a single Guyot system. We then tie down the canes to the fruiting wire. Following bud-break, we position each shoot by hand, removing lateral and shoulder spurs for better ventilation and better concentration on every single cluster. Just before véraison, we strip the leaves on the eastern side of the vine, exposing the clusters to more sun and airflow. In wetter, more humid years, we remove the leaves on both the east and west sides of the vine. This practice promotes healthy ripening and prevents disease development. At mid-véraison, we green harvest if we feel our crop is too large or if disease pressure is present. After véraison, we net the vineyard parcels which are at risk to protect our grapes from bird damage until harvest.
In terms of soil management, our goal is to nurture and maintain a natural level of microbiological life. We cultivate every other row and leave a selected cover crop in the remaining rows, which creates competition within the root system and allows the topsoil to remain loose and well-aerated. Each year, we also break up the
soil (deep ripping) of every second row, to aerate the soil structure and to minimize compaction.

Vinification

  • Trellising System: Vertical Shoot Positioning: Single and Double Guyot
  • Planting Density: 5299 vines/ha (2145 vines/Ac)
  • Racking: Once after 16 months of barrel ageing, from barrel to vat.
Producer

Producer Description

BEGINNINGS

Originally Le Clos Jordanne was a Franco-Canadian winemaking collaboration between Vincor Canada (now Arterra Wines Canada) and the Famille Boisset of Burgundy. The goal of Le Clos Jordanne was to create a “domaine” in the Niagara region, producing ultra-premium, Burgundian-style Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, expressive of the unique terroir of the Jordan Bench.

TERROIR

The ‘clos’, or enclosed vineyard, of Le Clos Jordanne is surrounded and sheltered by the Carolinian forests and their glacial ravines. The limestone-laced, silt and clay glacial soils are known for bringing intensely focused fruit, minerality and age-ability to the wines produced there.

Le Clos Jordanne’s estate vineyard is located on the premium parcel of the Jordan bench, on the first rise from the plain, a natural plateau near the slope of the escarpment. At 10.45 hectares, it enjoys light limestone soils created by the ancient ice shield with rich sediments and produces the fullest expressions of the terroir. Planted with both Chardonnay and Pinot Noir between 2000-2001 it is surrounded on three sides by environmentally protected forest, woodland and pond nature areas which have been left in their natural state; featuring statuesque weeping willows and a picturesque pond complete with lily pads and wild flowers. It is located at 2738 King Street, Jordan Station, at the T-junction of Jordan Road and Highway 81.

"The Grand Clos is a magical place on the Jordan Bench, arguably one of the top sites for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in all of Niagara." - Thomas Bachelder

THOMAS BACHELDER - WINEMAKER

Thomas Bachelder is internationally recognized and Le Clos Jordanne’s original winemaker - with a speciality in the production of cool-climate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. His terroir-revealing wines with distinct, complex minerality truly showcase how Old World, Burgundian winemaking techniques employed on New World terroir - with minimal intervention - can produce exceptional wines.
 

LE CLOS JORDANNE VINEYARD

Le Grand Clos Vineyeard wide zoom

Le Clos Jordanne’s estate vineyard is located on the premium parcel of the Jordan bench, on the first rise from the plain, a natural plateau near the slope of the escarpment. At 10.45 hectares, it enjoys light limestone soils created by the ancient ice shield with rich sediments and produces the fullest expressions of the terroir. Planted with both Chardonnay and Pinot Noir between 2000-2001 it is surrounded on three sides by environmentally protected forest, woodland and pond nature areas which have been left in their natural state; featuring statuesque weeping willows and a picturesque pond complete with lily pads and wild flowers. It is located at 2738 King Street, Jordan Station, at the T-junction of Jordan Road and Highway 81.

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