Tuesday, January 11, 2011

2008 Niagara Peninsula


2008 Le Clos Jordanne Village Reserve Pinot Noir, VQA Niagara Peninsula

Always a pleasure to drink and talk about LCJ, a producer that I've gotten to know quite well. As in, as well as you can get to know a wine from the outside, I suppose. The premise was always lofty - a partnership with Boisset to make Niagara wines evocative of the Côte d’Or, blending Burgundian expertise and experience with Niagara's youthful exuberance. The wines are expensive and hard to find, but they're getting there. These are some of the finest examples of New World pinot noir you can find, and proof that terroir-specific wines exist outside of France.

Just released a few months ago, some wine writers have deemed it necessary to already dismiss the 2008's. For those of you with a paying account, check out the reviews here. What a shame.

Fragrant, linear fruits, all cranberries and crushed rose petals - the floral character and linear structure are hallmarks of this producer. Develops a rusticity, mushrooms and earth. Absolutely delicious, and will only build more nuance as it ages.

The people who are already panning this wine in its infancy . . . stupid. No wonder y'all can't be considered professionals.



  1. I opened an '06 a couple weeks back and it was drinking awesome.

  2. thanks for the heads up - haven't touched any of my 2006's yet