2018 Gamay Noir ‘Droit’
St. David’s Bench Vineyard | VQA — St David’s Bench
In the early ’80s Paul was doing routine inspections in the vineyard and noticed a single Gamay Noir vine growing straight up and taller than the others in the block. He was interested in the potential of this vine so we took cuttings and propagated the vine and eventually made wine from these specific grapes. The wine did have some of the classic Gamay characteristics, cherry flavours and a medium body style, but there was also a layer of complexity that was a pleasant surprise.
Gamay ‘Droit’ also has warm spicy notes and a hint of smokiness that is quite lovely. It is also higher in alcohol making it more mid-weight in style. The wine was different enough from standard Gamay that we thought we actually had a different clone on our hands. Once the genetic testing was done we found out that Canada’s first vinifera vine was born right in our vineyard! We were granted International Plant Breeders’ Rights, a sort of patent, so no one else in the world can grow this vine or make this wine called Gamay Noir ‘Droit’. Because this wine is so interesting in the glass we decided to not oak age it. What you taste is the unique flavours of Gamay ‘Droit’.
Vineyard Manager's Notes
Initially we thought this ‘droit’ or upright vine would ease some of the trellising work done by hand. These vines have particularly strong tendrils and sturdier canes which help the vine grow straighter. All we have to do is make sure they are growing in-between the wires. Gamay ‘Droit’ grapes mature about two weeks later than standard Gamay Noir so we need to be particularly vigilant for signs of break down so we can prevent problems and allow the grapes to fully mature.
Bosc Family Food Pairings
This is our “go to” summer BBQ wine. No matter what is on the grill, Gamay ‘Droit’ is a terrific match. One of our favourite rib recipes has a sauce made from olive oil, honey, any fresh herbs you have, garlic, Dijon mustard, lemon juice and minced jalapeño. Chill down the wine for about 10 minutes and voilà, gourmet back deck BBQ! In the winter it works beautifully with a hearty lasagna or a double-cut Ontario pork chop topped with a mushroom & herb sauce.
||Brix at Harvest
"Based on a spontaneous mutation of the red Beaujolais grape and isolated in the early 1980's by winery founder Paul Bosc Sr., this is just as serious as it is happy. Light and crisp, yet smoothly polished, it's perfectly ripe and cherry-like as well as subtly smoky and spicy." 91 points -- Beppi Crosariol, The Globe and Mail, March 2019
"Medium-full-bodied, suggestive of Beaujolais grand cru wines such as Morgon or Moulin a Vent in the Droit's capacity for aging. Dark cherry-berry flavours dominate, but there is added spicing and even some nuances of smokey earth and eucalyptus, although the wine is unoaked. Cork finish. Good with BBQ (soon, soon), cheese, or something substantial, but some tannic structure is present to carry through a whole meal. Château des Charmes is the only winery using this particular gamay clone. 13.7% ABV. Earlier vintages were gold medal winners in Canada." 90 points --Dean Tudor, Gothic Epicures, March 2020.
"...the nose shows some classic Gamay characteristics with a nose of savoury raspberries, dark cherries, forest berries, cassis and herbs with subtle peppery/spicy notes. It’s mouth-filling on the palate and shows more complexity than Gamay with a burst of red berries, red currants, anise and mulled herbs with soft tannins and smooth finish. The wine is made without oak and nearly 14% abv. A lovely treat that’s truly a unique Niagara treasure." 89 points -- Rick VanSickle, WinesinNiagara.com, March 2020.
"...structured gamay with healthy extraction and great vintage fruit. Resides in the black raspberry realm with a balancing sheet of strawberry roll-up. Nothing shy about this, in a ripest of St. David’s Bench vein and so much could be taught about Ontario gamay through the work of this maker. Drink 2019-2023." 90 points -- Michael Godel, WineAlign.com, October 2018.