2013 Chardonnay Musqué

Estate Bottled | VQA — Niagara-on-the-Lake$16.95 750 ml bottle | $203.40 case

2013 Chardonnay Musque, Estate Bottled

Paul Bosc and Amélie Boury's Winemaker's Notes

There are 40+ clones of Chardonnay. Musqué is the term describing two of these clones because they are quite aromatic. We pioneered both in the Niagara Peninsula eventually settling on Clone 809 because we believe it produces particularly interesting and fragrant wine. And we don’t use any oak to make sure the wine fully expresses itself in your glass. The 2012 vintage is especially gorgeous — pale gold in colour with notes of spiced fruit and honeysuckle leaping from the glass. Even though it’s an unoaked white wine, it has considerable body and weight.

Miguel Fontalvo's vineyard manager's Notes

The grapes for this wine were sourced exclusively from our vineyards. We grow Clone 809 in two locations; the heavier clay-based soils from the St. David’s Bench Vineyard and the silty, mineral rich soils from our Seven and Seven Vineyard. We hand select the fruit as it is being picked to make sure only top quality grape bunches are used. This is important because Clone 809 can break down so we have to watch it especially carefully to make sure only ripe, full berries make it to the winery, all the while making sure we are farming our vineyards responsibly and sustainably, like we have done since 1978.