Paul Bosc Estate Vineyard | VQA — St David’s Bench
This wine is from Paul’s home vineyard and made the way he was taught: barrel-fermented, barrel-aged and regular stirring of the “lees” for one year in French oak barrels. The finished wine is classic old-world style; full-bodied and complex with nuances of citrus, melon and popcorn butter. It’s ready to drink now but will continue to develop in the bottle for a few years.
Vineyard Manager's Notes
Chardonnay is still the most widely planted white grape variety in the world, as well as here in Niagara. It’s a workhorse in the vineyard but to coax the best out of the grapes you need to be hands-on and meticulous. We carefully limit the yield on these vines to help concentrate the vine’s work on fewer bunches. We also select the best bunches on each vine and remove the rest then we expose the bunches on the East side of the rows in late August then the Westside in September and we will remove individual berries from the hanging bunches if they are not up to par. At the same time, we are mindful of our footprint on the land. Our sustainable practices include never using herbicides; we control weeds by tilling them into the soil where they add nutrients; our cellars are geothermal environments where heating and air conditioning are not needed at any time during the year. These are just a few examples of our environmentally friendly practices both in the vineyards and in the winery.
Bosc Family Food Pairings
The perfect lobster wine.
||Brix at Harvest
"This wine is from Paul Bosc’s home vineyard and made the way he was taught: barrel-fermented, barrel-aged and regular stirring of the “lees” for 12 months in French oak barrels. It has an elegant, old-world nose of ripe stone fruits, butter, cream, caramel and spice rack. It’s soft and creamy on the palate with ripe apple and pear, caramel-toffee notes, spice and fairly bright on the finish." 90 Points -- Rick VanSickle, www.winesinniagara.com, May 2021
"Bright, pale straw in colour; toasty, lightly floral, apple nose; medium-bodied, dry, well-balanced and well-integrated oak; apple and lemon; fine clean finish. " 90 Points -- Tony Aspler, www.tonyaspler.com, May 2021
" ... Barrel fermented and barrel aged in French oak for a year, with lees stirring. Almost 30-year old vines. Expect soft balance with nuances of minerality and some muted topicality, served up with orchard fruit. Cork closure. Long citric finish in Euro mode. One of my fave chards, but do not serve overchilled"" 91 Points -- Dean Tudor, www.deantudor.com, June 2021