Le Clos Jordanne
LE CLOS JORDANNE BEGAN AS A VISION – TO BRING TWO EXTRAORDINARY WINEMAKING REGIONS TOGETHER TO PRODUCE AN OUTSTANDING REPRESENTATION OF NIAGARA TERROIR EXPRESSED THROUGH ULTRA PREMIUM PINOT NOIR AND CHARDONNAY WINES.
Located in the heart of Niagara on the lake, Ontaria.
- An outstanding representation of Niagara.
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Sébastien's wine philosophy is true to his Burgundian roots. He believes that wines should be a true expression of the terroir in which they exist. The environment, with gentle, sustainable and dedicated care for the grapes by viticulture and winemaking make great wines - guided by nature.
The success of Inniskillin's joint venture led Donald Triggs, wine pioneer and CEO of Vincor, the company that owned Inniskillin and Jackson-Triggs Wines, to continue developing their relationship with Jaffelin, who had since then become a part of Boisset Wines. Together, they conducted careful research across the Niagara region, hand selecting vineyards that would be properly suited for growing ultra premium cool climate grapes. Specialty Chardonnay and Pinot Noir rootstock was imported from France and expertly planted in the chosen vineyards. The combined winemaking expertise and passion of Boisset’s Pascal Marchand and Vincor’s Thomas Bachelder, ensured that no detail was overlooked in paying respect to the time honoured traditional vineyard and winemaking techniques used in Burgundy, France.
Le Clos Jordanne's objectives were to show the similarities between Niagara and Burgundy and yet at the same time reveal the uniqueness of the Niagara Terroir. Throughout the range of wines, Le Clos Jordanne wanted to minimize the winemaking intervention and focus on the vineyard differences. The Niagara region is ideal for growing early ripening grape varieties, such as Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, which are the key noble grape varieties in Burgundy, France. Furthermore, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, with their thin skins, have the sensitivity required to express their own growing conditions with precision and elegance.
The notion of terroir is defined by the expression of a grape variety throughout a range of vineyards with different soil profiles and climate differences. The other important aspect is the human role in the equation to adapt the profile of production to the natural growing conditions.
Gerald Klose has the very important role of managing the vineyards for Le Clos Jordanne. Raised in the Niagara region, he boasts an impressive viticulture career spanning from 1978-2014. Gerald has had the opportunity to work alongside prominent pioneers of the wine industry and was integral to establishing the respected position that Canadian wines have achieved both nationally and internationally.
Gerald currently manages all aspects of year round vineyard care for Constellation Brands Canada, Eastern Vineyards’ 650 acres including the key, well-known vineyards of Montague, Brae Burn, Delaine and the vineyards of Le Clos Jordanne. He works closely with Sébastien Jacquey and the Le Clos Jordanne winemaking team to ensure that each vineyard is a true representation fo its terroir.
Practices & Techniques
Hand picking three different vineyards in the village of Jordan in the VQA sub-appellation of Twenty Mile Bench. This area presents an interesting variation in soil profile, altitude and climate which enhances significant terroir differentiation.
Making the right choice of clone and rootstock for both Pinot Noir and Chardonnay to fit the parameters of soil and climate within the region.
High density plantation is used to enhance concentration by forcing roots to go deeper into the soil to get their nutrients.
Hand-selection of specific sections of each vineyard based on their quality to consistently produce good fruit and wine with a very specific sense of place.
Adaption of production yields based on each vineyard block.
Sustainable viticulutre practices preserving the natural balance of vines by minimizing the intake of pesticides and maximizing the soil’s natural work.
Estate Vineyards / AVA
Once all of the single vineyard selections are made for each vineyard, the rest of the parcels are blended together to make one cuvée of Chardonnay and one of Pinot Noir. As an assemblage of all of the Niagara terroir, the Village Reserve vineyards have the advantage to showcase the diversity of climates and soil profiles within the same small area of Jordan.
Claystone Terrace Vineyard is located at 17th Street and King Street in Jordan. This vineyard is characterized by its heavier, dark clay soils which retain more moisture.
This vineyard is Le Clos Jordanne's coolest site and tends to ripen slower than the other vineyards, providing a longer hang time for the grapes to mature and build thick skins. This longer period of ripening helps the grapes to achieve a natural balance at harvest which combines moderate potential alcohol, good acidity, great concentration and good phenolic ripeness (tannin and colour).
The West side of the vineyard is hand-picked for its soil’s balance and richness derived from the limestone and heavy clay. The west side also has the advantage of being quite steep and as such the soils make the roots work harder, producing more fruit concentration.
Le Clos Jordanne (the estate's principal vineyard), is located at 2738 King Street, Jordan Station, at the T-junction of Jordan Road and Highway 8. It is characterized by its tranquility and unique setting on a natural plateau near the slope of the escarpment. It enjoys light limestone soils created by the ancient ice shield, with rich sediments.
This vineyard is Le Clos Jordanne's warmest site as it is located in a plateau surrounded by a big tree line that preserves the warmth. These conditions create earlier and faster ripening conditions for the grapes. However, the silty and sandy soils in this vineyard are providing fairly good drainage and the moderate ventilation helps to keep the humidity fairly low.
The East side of this vineyard is hand selected for Le Clos Jordanne's Single Vineyards of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir as this side provides an excellent balance between soft soils and warm climate to produce grapes with advanced ripening. The vines in this terroir have the ability to produce grapes with higher alcoholic potential, lower acidity and softer skins.
The Grand Clos expresses the heart of the Le Clos Jordanne Vineyard terroir. Sourced from the West part of the best vineyard, it exhibits similar characteristics to the Le Clos Jordanne Vineyard wine, but with more intensity, richness and complexity.
The west side of Le Clos Jordanne Vineyard is especially rich in limestone and shale, well balanced with clay, sand and till. As such, this section features better drainage, allowing the roots to go deeper and providing better nutrition to the vines. Furthermore, the west portion of the vineyard benefits from more ventilation from the lake and thus tends to ripen slower than the east side. This cooling effect provides a long and steady ripening period which helps to build concentration and preserves the freshness and the elegance of the fruit.