When Dr. Jackson and Donald Triggs were running Vincor (now Constellation Brands) a few years ago, they undertook several projects that have proven to be extremely wise choices. One was a joint-venture in the Okanagan Valley, between Vincor and and Groupe Taillan from Bordeaux, the other a joint-venture between the venerable Burgundian wine organization of Boisset in the Niagara Peninsula Clos Jordanne winery, and the third starting a super-premium vineyard in honour of Mr. Triggs using the most advances viticultural knowledge and technology to date.
The project in Okanagan Valley’s southern end, Osoyoos Larose, consists of 32 hectares (80 acres) and is devoted solely to producing Bordeaux-style age-worthy red wine.
Merlot, cabernet sauvignon, petit verdot, cabernet franc and malbec (in this order) are planted, and yields restricted to approximately 50 hectolitres per hectare to ensure highly aromatic, and deeply flavoured wines.
The blend changes slightly every year but merlot always predominates.
Pascal Madevon, the estate manager and oenologist, who has been engaged in the project since its inception. He is dedicated to the craft, and from the beginning has been able to produce finely balanced wines.
Pascal Madevon travels at least once a year to Toronto (an important market for his wines) and conducts tastings.
This year, wien writers had an opportunity to taste several Osoyoos Larose Grand Vin vintages and one second label called Petales d’ Osoyoos.
Osoyoos Larose Grand Vin, 2006
Crimson in colour and brilliant, displaying aromas of sweet berries. Full bodied, layered flavours in the mouth, smooth and elegant.
Long and satisfying aftertaste.
Available at Vintages Essentials $ 45.00 and is highly recommended
Osoyoos Larose Grand Vin, 2007
Fruity, finely balanced. In the mouth berry flavours, underlined with a touch of tannins show the aging potential A superb food-friendly wine especially with beef or game.
Osoyoos Larose Grand Vin, 2008
This rich full bodied, deep intense ruby coloured wine features aromas of ripe raspberries, dark chocolate and vanilla notes. On teh palate, blackberry, spice and pepper flavours become obvious. Well rounded, powerful (13.8 ABV) fruit-driven with a lingering finish.
Cellar worthy for up to 10 years. Enjoyable now with deeply flavoured meats.
Petales d’Osoyoos, 2009
In keeping with Bordeaux tradition, this wine displays a deep ruby colour with red fruit, pepper, caramel and vanilla notes. The mid-palate reveals complex layers of berry, cherry, and toasted flavours. Long finish. Cellar worthy for up to 3 – 4years.