Sometimes it’s worth looking into the past to move forward into the future. This is precisely the reason why Arterra Wines Canada decided to bring back Le Clos Jordanne winery. It released its first batch of wines in 2007 to great critical acclaim, producing low-intervention wines using thin-skinned grapes grown on old-vine cuttings from Burgundy, France.

Consecutive years of short crops led to the winery’s closure in 2016 – but not for long. The winery’s return comes highly anticipated with its original winemaker, Thomas Bachelder, leading the way. Bachelder is putting complex, cool-climate wines from Niagara’s Jordan Bench back on our radar.

Bachelder brings with him an immense knowledge and passion for making terroir-driven wines. He harnesses the distinct microclimate of the Jordan Bench, a sub-appellation of the Twenty-Mile Bench VQA, and limestone-laced glacial soils to create complex, cellar-friendly wines with minerality.

Crack open a bottle of Le Grand Clos Pinot Noir 2017 to enjoy a medium-bodied wine with notes of spice, cherry and a complex minerality while Le Grand Clos Chardonnay 2017 is a bright and zesty pour that sings of spring blossoms, tropical fruit and citrus. If you aren’t already in love with Ontario wines, Le Clos Jordanne’s Pinot Noir and Chardonnay might just be the bottles to seal the deal.

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