Closson Chase Vineyards in PEC "la joie de vivre" façon Hospices

Let me share a secret about my favorite #wine #region for a weekend, only 4 hours from Montréal and less than 3 from Toronto!

One of the best emerging wineries are also located in one of the most beautiful country side of Canada  : Prince Edward County in Ontario

With a multitude of waterfronts and beautiful sunsets, you also have the chance to get the best fruits, vegetables or eggs directly from the farm. The list of local wineries is growing each year. Best of all, the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, in this climate moderate by the lake, have found a limestone soil with a great potential and characteristics. 

Closson Chase Vineyards
629 Closson Road,
Hillier, Ontario K0K 2J0
Toll-Free 1.888.201.2300
Phone 613.399.1418
Fax 613.399.1618

Closson Chase Vineyards with it’s roof church inspired from Hospices de Beaune does not only offer a similar look, but the winemaking is also inspired by the best wines from Burgundy. Believe me, we were at Chorey les Beaune, true winlovers will find a peaceful scenery to enjoy wine with a very fine taste  » tout est de bon goût ». The CCV South Clos Chardonnay is really a very elegant wine, with I am sure a great potential of aging. I’ve rarely found in a Canadian white wine such a nice balance between oak and acidity. It is really worth getting a case and opening a few every year, this wine has potential and I am usually hard to change from my french origins and favours for Chablis or Meursault.

Closson Chase new Chardonnay vintage kickoff private party was a very pleasant event, with serious collectors form Toronto or Ottawa, very enthusiast about previous vintages. It was a good opportunity for me, to discover their new Chardonnay and to meet the passionate team making the wine.

Me in « Enchanted Chardonnay »
Through more than ten years, they went through numerous upgrades and transitions and they are now reaching an interesting apogee rewarding their passion. Not only the scenery is really beautiful and very well maintained, but the people are truly dedicated to make quality wines and work respectfully with their environment. As context always impact your tasting, I must admit that the charming environment and staff had a positive impact from the beginning. After a few drinks of 2012, we went to visit the cellar with the winemaker now in charge, Keith Tyers.
Keith Tyers
He has been working with the successful winemaker previously in charge Deborah Paskus, and shows a real concern about letting the soil express itself vintage after vintage. No cheating! After ten years spent at Closson Chase he admitted his preference for 2007 and 2009 vintages. 
Keith sucking barrel into the beer Pichet
He was very enthusiast about showing us, how different, the same wine, taste from a barrel to another. They use only french oak apart one barrel made here in Prince Edward County that we had the chance to taste and compare. Keith is very open minded and to challenge everything. As the group asked questions, we could feel how dynamic and honest, he is. No elitism here, he wanted us to taste the difference between a french oak barrel and the one made in PEC. While sustainability and growing organic are very important values, his curse to excellence make him believe a too fast burning of the wood was the weakness of the local barrel maker. The micro-oxygenation was impacted by this and resulting in a greener wine. We could indeed taste it. I do not only love the place or the wine, but the people and the business practices are also very inspiring. You also feel his dedication and work involvement with each of his « 146 barrels and 146 different wines » as well as his vines on the field.
PEC Barrel
Meursault Barrel

With a nice group of music under the tent and excellent bouchées, introducing the new vintage, Seaton McLean told us that CCV Chardonnay 2013 just received 94 points from Decanter in next September Edition. People behind CCV are tenacious pioneers facing challenges like the frost  damage in last May, but the owners have been patient enough to get their maturity, a hard work and a loyalty that pays off. 

I guarantee the place is worth a visit, if you can’t wait to get a case in your wine cellar : 
(click on the bottle of CCV South Clos Chardonnay 2013 at 39,95$)
Link to Chardonnay South Clos 2013

Thanks Geneviève Bellerose, for the nice pictures 😉

Franck Boulbès CEO of Cellier Domesticus
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