Quebec-born Pascal Marchand got his winemaking experience in Burgundy, but returned home to consult on Niagaraâ€™s Le Clos Jordanne. Heâ€™s since returned to Burgundy where he has now hooked-up with Moray Tawse, owner of Niagara winery of the same name. The upshot is Toronto boy Moray now owns vineyards in Burgundy, and Quebec boy Pascal is making the wine. Who would have thought!
Vintages has just released a Marchand-Tawse Bourgogne Rouge that will rock the world of a Pinot fan. It would be hard to find a better â€“ more pure expression of Pinot Noir. The nervy, refreshing, invigorating character, the delicate, teasing flavours, the understatement â€“ all the features that set Pinot apart from most other reds. Maybe itâ€™s my imagination, but this wine suggested Pinots from Prince Edward County. Who is copying who? Who cares as long as the Pinots keep coming. With a Canadian hand!
PASCAL MARCHAND 09 Bourgogne Pinot Noir, France 285601 Vintages $21.95