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  • National Wine Awards of Canada 2013, Bronze Medal

Grande Cuvée, 2007

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2007 Niagara Peninsula 750 mL ,12.5% ALC/VOL

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Pinot Noir

Critic's Rating93 pts


A brilliant medium lemon hue with a very fine and steady bead. The nose is youthful and fresh with notes of wet stone, green apple, fresh butter, bread dough and warm toast. On the palate, the mousse is remarkably rich, fine and mouth-filling. The acid is vibrant and bright throughout and the finish long with stone, cream and toast notes dominating. An excellent and complex wine ideal for drinking now well chilled (6oC). Classic matches include poached Turbot with cream and button mushrooms, Dover sole à la meunière, smoked salmon, fresh oysters in the half shell, caviar with buckwheat blinis and crème fraiche and double and triple cream bloomy rind cheeses.

Awards & Ratings

Critic’s Rating:

93 pts

A fine follow up to the exceptional 2006 Grande Cuvée, the 2007 has retained extraordinary freshness and purity in this much warmer vintage, without sacrificing full flavour maturity and depth. The mousse is very fine and gentle; malolactic fermentation was prevented in order to retain the incisive malic acid, which drives through the long finish. Dosage was just 2 grams of sugar, and this is indeed virtually bone dry, yet this is anything but austere or shrill: there's a real sense of richness and fleshy fruit on the palate. Sautéed green apple, fresh ginger, baked bread, orange, lemon, and lemon custard notes linger on beautifully, and this comes across as fresher than the 2006 at the same age, and should continue to gain in complexity over the next 3-6 years, though it's delicious now to be sure. Tasted October 2013.

- John Szabo MS


  • National Wine Awards of Canada 2013, Bronze Medal National Wine Awards of Canada 2013, Bronze Medal

Connoisseur Note(s):

Listed by Jancis Robinson as one of 4 favourite white wines from Ontario in 2012

90 points David Lawrason,

Considering the increased warmth of the vintage I would have expected the 2007 Grande Cuvée to turn about face from the 2006, but it's striking similarity to the older sibling is astonishing. Clarity of mind must have struck a chord in the grower-winemaker symbiosis. The picking must have been prudent and just in the nick of time. Stylistically speaking, the oxidative lean and appetence with English curve is consistent with '06, as is the creamy texture and outright tuber vigour and backbone. Starch of a slow-simmered chalk breathes limestone and then ginger, melted into iron oxide, makes for yet another fully anticipated and omnipresent soil-driven 13th Street gait. Here Blanc de Noirs walks alone in Ontario and I can't see any immediate ageing, reason, or possibility of change, happening anytime soon. Drink 2015-2024. Tasted September 2015.

91 Points - Michael Godel


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