Vincor Launches Joint Venture Wine Internationally (April 15, 2004)
Five years ago, Vincor, Canada's largest winery, entered into a joint
venture with the giant Bordeaux shipper Groupe Taillan to create a wine
in the southern Okanagan Valley of British Columbia. Together they planted
a 60-acre vineyard with all five Bordeaux red varieties.
The fruit of their labour will be launched this month at a series of
events in New York, London and Paris as well as in key Canadian cities.
The wine of the 2001 vintage from this vineyard is called Osoyoos Larose,
a combination of the vineyard location (Osoyoos, a semi-desert area just
north of the Canada-US border) and Château Gruaud Larose, one of
the Bordeaux properties owned by Groupe Taillan.
The vines, comprising a variety of carefully chosen rootstock and clone
combinations, were prepared at the Mercier nursery in Bordeaux and shipped
over to Canada to be planted by hand. The trellising system was selected
to allow for superior canopy management and to promote good air movement
and maximum sun exposure. The vines were planted much closer together
than is usually found in Canada in order to produce a lower yield and
more concentrated fruit quality.
French oenology experts Michel Rolland and Alain Sutre consulted on the
project and the wine was made by Pascal Madevon, a Bordelais. A blend
of 66 per cent Merlot, 25 per cent Cabernet Sauvignon and 9 per cent Cabernet
Franc was aged in one- and two-year-old French barrels for sixteen months.
Tasted from the barrel, the wine reminded tasters of St. Emilion.
Twenty-two hundred cases were produced, The wine will cost CDN$35 in
Canada, US$35 in the US, £20 in the UK and €30 in Europe.