Niagara’s Clos Jordanne has just released its 2007 Pinots and Chardonnays ($25-70) and they are as impressive as the previous releases from this organic winery. I think that the Chardonnays will need a year to lose their youthful sweetness and the single vineyard Pinot will certainly be more together with time. However, there’s one Pinot that’s ready to go and it’s the Village-Reserve, which happens to be the least expensive – and has always been one of my favourites from this winery.
I like it for its vitality, its rustic country feeling and honesty. Sure the high-priced single vineyard wines may be prettier and more gifted, but the Village-Reserve is more down-to-earth and a more engaging drink and food partner. It will keep you at the table and suggest a second bottle. The original purpose of wine.
Winery manager Thomas Bachedler has done an amazing job with Le Clos and just in case you missed my earlier blog, the good news is the wines are now sold at Wine Rack stores.
Le Clos Jordanne 07 ‘Village Reserve’ Pinot Noir, VQA Niagara
$25 Wine Rack stores Vintages 33894
P.S. Le Clos Jordanne is one of the few premium Niagara wines marketed internationally (other than Icewine). Too bad the label is so conservatively nice! How Canadian eh.