Podcast #66 – New from Clos du Soleil

Spencer Massie from Clos du Soleil

I like Pinot Blanc. It grows well in BC and when it’s done right, it’s a beautiful wine. So when Spencer Massie told me that his winery, Clos du Soleil is going to release a single varietal Pinot Blanc, I was happily shocked. Not only is it going to be proudly bottled by a winery now famous for its two Bordeaux blends, but it is also going to roll out at under $20/bottle.

They call it the Grower’s Series and there will be more of them to come. They will also be a little different each year depending on the quality and varieties that are available. Spencer says that it a way for them to honour their growers by putting their name on the label. For many grape growers who toil anonymously and send grapes off to be blended in with juice from other sources, this is indeed an honour.

The first release of this series is the Baessler 2010 Pinot Blanc and what a treat it was for a lover of Pinot Blanc like myself to try. Although it was tank sample (they were preparing for bottling the next day) it was amazingly aromatic and wonderfully balanced. In a wine world that is full of so much predictability it’s great to see a winery that is being adventurous.

(Just found out that there will be a special wine tasting at the BC Wine Information Centre in Penticton this coming Saturday, March 19th – more info available here.)

2 thoughts on “Podcast #66 – New from Clos du Soleil

  1. I like to see that 12.5% on the label. The higher percentages for many wines is not necessary, in my humble opinion. I wonder what’s up with the increase in alcohol content in recent years. Where is the 10/11 percent in Canadian wines?

    • The high alcohol content is a style that was trendy for a while and is now thankfully falling out of favour. High alcohol doesn’t really go with food very well. Wines made from super-ripe grapes produce wines with high alcohol since there is more sugar for the yeast to convert. California easily gets very ripe grapes so their wines are very high alcohol. There are a lot of BC wineries that have tried to emulate that but it doesn’t always work.

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