Closson Chase Churchside Chardonnay 2019

Canada, Ontario
94 WA 94 Points (WineAlign)
94 WA 94 Points (WineAlign)
93 WA 93 Points (WineAlign)
Country Canada
Province Ontario
Region Prince Edward County
Producer Closson Chase Vineyards
Vintage 2019
Color White Wine
Varietal(s) Chardonnay
¥5,940  (incl. tax)
Country Canada
Province Ontario
Region Prince Edward County
Producer Closson Chase Vineyards
Vintage 2019
Color White Wine
Varietal(s) Chardonnay
Closure Cork
Volume 750ml
Alcohol 12.5%
Product Code A010W00819
UPC 180756000100
Inventory In Stock (38)
Owning & Enjoying


Roast chicken, pan seared white fish, and hard cheese


Enjoy through 2030 and beyond

David Lawrason - It is impressive that so much flavour and detail can be packed around such as slender frame. The County magic. This is a vibrant, complex chardonnay loaded with hazelnut, sunflower seed, peach stone, subtle creme brulee and dried cedar notes. It is light to medium bodied, brisk but not tart, with classic stony County limestone bracing the finish. Excellent to outstanding focus and length. Tasted December 2022
Michael Godel - Still a touch reductive and a wine of this amazing savoury-candied shell, cracker acids, fruit up to the task and a linear fluidity moving or simulating a body of water’s repetitive precision. This is indeed top shelf stuff, invigorating and in a terrific place to speak of a sense of place. I’ll be Churchside, enjoying a glass. Drink 2022-2025. Tasted November 2022.
John Szabo, MS - Closson Chase's Churchside Vineyard is on the north side of Closson Road around the restored wooden church with its beautiful roof tiles modelled after the Hospices de Beaune. It was planted subsequent to the South Clos vineyard in 2006 with both pinot noir and chardonnay. 60% of the premium, Grande Cuvée bottling in 2019 was composed of Churchside chardonnay, the rest finding its way into this vineyard-designated bottling. The nose is a stunning amalgam of cool, white fleshed orchard fruit, especially pear, ripe lemon and custard, still youthful and fresh, while wood influence is minimal. The palate shows a brilliant underpinning of acids on a succulent, mid-weight frame, taut and tight, deceptively concentrated at 12.5% alcohol declared, with more than a nod to limestone and indeed premium Chablis the way Chablis used to be before climate warming. I suspect this will take several years to fully unwind, evolving, as it appears, at a slow rate, so the landing strip of pleasure should be long, up to another decade at least. Top notch. Tasted August 2022.


VQA Prince Edward County


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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