Author: Carl’s Wine Club, www.carlswineclub.com
We’re here to shed light on the world class wines that Niagara produces, and Chardonnay is one of the grapes we have a serious international advantage on.
Why? Don’t the French have the best Chardonnay with their Burgundian terroir-based wines, or the US with their high-end chards that are big and bold?
Well, there are a few reasons Canadian Chardonnay can kick butt internationally any day.
First, the freshness. It all starts in the vineyard. In Niagara, the climate allows vines to cool off in the evenings and creates a vibrant acidity that can make Niagara Chardonnay outstanding.
Second, the price point. Right now, high end Canadian Chardonnays are a bargain compared to similar quality from Burgundy or the US.
Third, while other countries are stuck with one main style of Chardonnay, the diversity of Canada’s geography and micro-climates makes it possible to have a huge diversity in Chardonnay styles. From fresh, clear, mineral and acid backbone Chards, to big, ripe, juicy, oaky, creamy styles.
Fourth, Chardonnay is a grape that truly allows the winemaker’s style to shine. Talent is a part of Terroir. Canadian talent – and terroir – is most explicitly showcased through Chardonnay.
And last but not least, Niagara, Canada – represents a bold new frontier in winemaking. Niagara winemakers are not tied to archaic rules that restrict their creativity. They can produce wines at the crossroad of the Old World and the New World. Niagara wines can take the best of both and forge a new, exciting way forward!
You might be wondering, where does the 98 point Chardonnay reviewed below fit in? Is it Old World? New World? Burgundian? More US style?
Nope. The 2017 Dix-Neuvième Chardonnay from Pearl Morissette is in a league of its own. This is a prime example of what Canada’s wines can and will do in the coming years. This is Niagara, and one talented Canadian winemaker, forging their own path forward in the world of wine. And it is OUTSTANDING.
We hope you get a chance to taste some of the best wines that Niagara has to offer soon by booking a tasting at Pearl Morrisette.
In the meantime, check out our tasting notes below!
2017 Pearl Morissette Chardonnay Cuvée Dix-Neuvième
🔥 Sold-Out Current Release 🔥
Ontario, Niagara, Twenty Mile Bench VQA
100% Chardonnay | Dry Wine (RS < 2.0 g/ltr) | 13.5% Alcohol
98pts Carl’s Wine Club | Highest Canadian Wine Score to Date! July 10/21
To all the Chardonnay lovers, this is the “Real Deal.” Officially my #1 Chardonnay producer… Hands down. After re-tasting it twice since my initial review, I got up the courage to call it what it is. This wine isn’t a 96 point wine. This wine is the closest thing to perfection I have tasted amongst Canadian wines. I stand by my score now at 98 points. Oh, and by the way, that is my highest rated wine this year so far, and highest score I’ve ever given to a Canadian wine to date!
💥 Beyond impressive. This can compete with any Burgundy Chardonnay, any day/any time. The depth, the complexity and the structure are unparalleled. The nose opens up with shy aromas of wet rocks, white flowers and ripe lemon before turning towards toasty almonds and vanilla. With four years of age, the wine still shows youth, power and energy. I had to give it an hour in the decanter before completely opening up. And then… the magic happened! Lemon meringue, camomile, vanilla and caramel are some of the primary flavours. Great flinty minerality and baked goods undertones bring another dimension after the mid-palate. The finish is bright, fresh and impressively long. White pepper and ginger brings a spicy layer mixed with the sweet oak at the very end. Wow…. absolutely Wow! 1142 cases produced.
Pairing: rich fish, grilled scallop
Drink now until 2028
Winery price: Not Available
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