Ten years ago, there was hardly a vine in the area, and now over thirty wineries are active. Closson Chase is one of the very best (along with Long Dog, Norman Hardie, By Chadsey’s Cairn and Rosehall Run), with careful vineyard management and unabashed use of barrel-fermentation in French oak for the Chardonnays. The South Clos, priced around 40$, shows a lot of that wood, with lovely spice and vanilla complementing the buttery and white fruit aromas. Refreshing acidity and a solid mineral backbone distinguish the wine completely from, say, a California chardonnay.

WHO Closson Chase
WHAT Chardonnay
WHERE Canada, Ontario
WHEN 2007
HOW MUCH 40$ (Canadian)


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Remy Charest

Rémy Charest is a Quebec City based journalist, writer, and translator. He has been writing about wine and food for over 12 years in various magazines and newspapers. He writes two wine blogs (The Wine Case, in English, and À chacun sa bouteille, in French) and, as if he didn’t have enough things to do, he also started a food blog in English, The Food Case, and one in French, À chacun sa fourchette.