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Le Clos Jordanne Le Grand Clos Chardonnay 2011 Wine Review

Le Clos Jordanne Le Grand Clos Chardonnay 2011

Le Clos Jordanne Le Grand Clos Chardonnay 2011

Niagara Peninsula, Twenty Mile Bench, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada

Community Score:90/100

Community Reviews: 16

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Price: $65.00

Drink: 2012-2018

Bottle size: 750 ml

Alcohol: 14%

Sweetness: Extra Dry

Wine Type: White Wine


Winery: Le Clos Jordanne

Agent: Arterra Wines Canada Inc.

Natalie's Score: 93/100

Rich, complex and layered Niagara Chardonnay from a master. Ripe peach and Asian pear with toasted almond. Ultra dry with a judicious weave of oak. Nicely balanced in all dimensions, especially the acidity for a wide range of dishes. This is the winery's flagship white wine. The Chardonnay grapes for Le Grand Clos are sourced from the estate's premium vineyards that has the best sunlight exposure and water drainage. Those unique conditions are expressed in the glass, especially with the challenging 2011 vintage. Burgundian in style but Niagara by heart, this gorgeous Chardonnay will do well in the cellar, but it's also ready to enjoy now with roast turkey.

Chardonnay food pairings: lobster in butter sauce, beef bourguignon, breads, cheese, poultry.

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This Le Clos Jordanne Le Grand Clos Chardonnay 2011 was reviewed on January 31, 2016 by Natalie MacLean

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David Skinner rated this wine as 93/100 with the following review:

Medium straw colour with some slight green tinges. Generous aromas of peaches and apricots accented by hints of grapefruit pleasant oak-derived spices and a touch of minerality (likely from the abundance of limestone in the vineyard). This full bodied beauty caresses the palate with waves of flavour starting with brisk citrus and then a mid-palate eruption of stone fruit as well as a classic buttery note and a hint of pineapple. Great acidity and a lingering finish.

I would marry this lovely wine with a spatchcocked lemon chicken and wild rice.
Bill Wright Sommelier rated this wine as 93/100 with the following review:

Oak and vanilla strike the nose. Beautiful citrus palette with full buttery mouth feel. A little spice and tingle on the finish. This wine is a world class chardonnay from Ontario. Tasted Jan 31/16
Lynn Van Der Linde - Certified Sommelier rated this wine as 93/100 with the following review:

Sumptuous and provocative - sexy in a glass. Notes of butterscotch, tropical fruit, and a hint of peppermint, with a luxurious mouth feel, and a lingering tropical finish. Enjoy now, or lay this one down for a few more years.
Tasted January 2016.
Matt Steeves - Certified Sommelier rated this wine as 93/100 with the following review:

A gorgeous cool-climate Chardonnay from one of Ontario's renowned producers, Le Clos Jordanne. Blending the best characteristics of some of the world's most famous Chardonnay regions, Le Grand Clos seems to have a bit of California and Burgundy integrated into this proudly Ontario wine. Orchard fruit, vanilla, minerality and just the right touch of oak, produces a fine Chardonnay with great flavour concentration, texture, and balance. Enjoy with roasted poultry or grilled fish. Tasted January 2016. 93 points. Matt Steeves - www.quercusvino.ca
Heather Wall - CS; WSET Advanced rated this wine as 92/100 with the following review:

Le Grand Clos, Le Clos Jordanne's "Grand Cru" of Niagara is created exclusively from the best parcels of land. The medium lemon colour in the glass foreshadows the rich and full-bodied experience on the nose and palate. Ripe Niagara tree fruit, honey, toffee,white blossoms,herbs, citrus, toast, nuts,earthy, wet cedar, melon, minerality(indicactive of the limestone soil.) Smooth and creamy mouthfeel coupled with an extended length with cleansing finish. This is one for the wine lover on your list. Easily cellar worthy but enjoyed now.
Great seafood wine, chicken or turkey
Tasted: November 8, 2014
Cherie Cole rated this wine as 92/100 with the following review:

This wine is worthy of collecting, try one now and keep one to age over the next 3-5 years. Rich, layered aromas of tropical fruit, stone fruit, oak, with white floral and spicy notes. Full-bodied and beautifully structured, the flavors evolve in your mouth, beginning with the tropical fruit and floral notes and finishing with peach and oak.
Valérie Dufour - Accredited Sommelier rated this wine as 92/100 with the following review:

Complex nose, balanced nose. You get white peach, you get honey, you get vanilla bean. The complexity is confirmed in the mouth. It is very well made and build to last. This wine is like an onion! There is nice acidity, plenty of fruit and the oak is there somewhere holding everything together and it is very long but not flashy. Well worth the price. I would compare it easily to wines of the village appellation Meursault. You can keep it or drink it now. But if you drink it now, pair it with something lush like lobster.
Wineboy rated this wine as 91/100 with the following review:

This wine show LCJ's artistry at it's highest level. A touch more crispness ensures this Chardonnay can do what I imagine the winery intended for it - to be aged. A more nervy Chardonnay than their Claystone or Village wines, it has beautiful clean new oak to provide a kiss of wood. My palate loved this wine but my heart wished I had cellared it 'til 2019.
Sean O'Regan - Certified Sommelier rated this wine as 91/100 with the following review:

Light gold with an elegant nose showing some pineapple, citrus lime, mineral, light oak spice. Medium full bodied, nice creamy texture, chalky mineral, honeydew melon, citrus, light butterscotch vanilla notes. Very class Chard..
Try with oysters or roast chicken.
Tasted January 2016
Rachelle O'Connor rated this wine as 91/100 with the following review:

The glass brims over with the scent of burnt oak, vanilla bean, stone fruit and white floral. It is well balanced with rich flavors of toasted vanilla bean and floral and peach notes on the palate. This is a beautifully made Niagara wine, derivative of the limestone rich soil and cool climate. Drink now or cellar 4-5 years. Great with lobster.
Jennifer Havers - WSET Level 3 rated this wine as 91/100 with the following review:

A very lovely Chardonnay. Aromas are well balanced between citrus and tropical fruit, oak, and vanilla, with some honey blossom. Palate flavours are similar and balanced with a long finish. This is very food friendly, and would be perfect with a range of dishes, anything from roast chicken to lobster.
Jon Steeves - Sommelier rated this wine as 91/100 with the following review:

Pale straw colour and declared 14% ABV, the 2011 vintage Chardonnay is a wonderful expression of the varietal and Twenty Mile Bench VQA terroir. Aromatics of butterscotch, peach, tropical fruit, wet stone minerality and Asian pear. This wine is designed to enjoy with butter-drenched lobster tail or bacon wrapped scallops. Tasted Jan 2016.
Cora Beaulieu rated this wine as 91/100 with the following review:

The color is a budding straw-gold. Powerful and concentrated aromas of butterscotch, Crème Brulee, mandarin, baked pineapple, more tropical fruits, ripe stone fruits (peach, apricot, nectarine.) In addition, complex notes of honey and wood smoke. It's mid-weight, quite plump and the palate is bursting with heaps of citrus flavors, tropical fruits, honey and a hint of oak. An amazingly long finish with lingering minerality, fruit and toasted oak notes. This one is a keeper.
Emilie Ryan rated this wine as 72/100 with the following review:

For a reserve Clos Jordanne, it is a little underwhelming…
Presentation: Distinctive yet classic.
Appearance: Light yellow
Nose: Light, a little perfume, a little popcorn
Taste: Light, toffee notes emerge.
Finish: Toffee.
Overall impression: An okay Chardonnay. I admit I’m struggling to write a review for this one.
Value: 0.5 out of 5
This iconic Niagara Chardonnay sourced grapes grown in sandy loam and limestone soil that are farmed biodynamically. Winemaker Sébastien Jacquey is keeping the acidity crisp and fresh for balance. This wine is matured on its lees to add richness. - Community Wine Reviews

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