It's hard to believe that itâ€™s been 20 years since the first vintage of Osoyoos Larose. A project like it had never been seen in BC before. It was a joint venture between Canada's Vincor International and Group Taillan of Bordeaux, co-owner of Chateau Gruaud Larose in Saint-Julien, which was classified as a Deuxieme Cru Classe in 1855.â€¨ Together they created the Osoyoos Larose estate on an 80-acre semi-arid bench overlooking Lake Osoyoos in the south Okanagan Valley.
To make their iconic Bordeaux-inspired red they hired French winemaker Pascal Madevon.â€¨ Several years back Madevon moved on, and the wines are now under guidance of Caroline Schaller.
I'll admit I've struggled with Le Grand Vin's Ponderous style from the onset. I do respect that these are wines meant to be aged; I've had a few opportunities to taste some back vintages and age does soften the edges.
However, the 2017 (Merlot 61%, Cabernet Franc 14%, Cabernet Sauvignon, 12%, Petit Verdot 7.6% and Malbec 5% aged 12 months in a 60/40 split of new and one-year-old French barrels) is more harmonious than previous vintages.
â€¨The nose depicts charred cherries and Ribena, toasted baking spices, vanilla, orange peel, liquorice and dark chocolate aromas. It has concentration and depth, a supple mid-palate and sooty cocoa finish. Nice balance here, a full-bodied red that will coalesce more with time, but is drinking nicely now.
Pairs great with Gone Crackers Canadian Chedder & Chive
Rich Meats , Cheese - Hard/Aged, Good First Impressions, Cellar Keepers, GONE CRACKERS
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Wine Scores reviewed - 2021-03-05 13:16:53.0