Pearl Morrissette, Primesautier
Winemaker: Francois Morissette
Country: Canada , Ontario
Appellation: Niagara Penisula
Grape: Lemberger, Cab Franc, Merlot
Soil: Sandy loam, Clay
Farming: Organic and biodynamic but uncertified
Tasting Notes: Explosive, lush and indulgent - three of at least a hundred adjectives we can reel off about this Lemberger, Cab Franc and Merlot blend. Either way, there's little point in beating around the proverbial bush - this is a satiating wine of immense pleasure. The waves of spicy dark fruit on the nose and the palate are both powerful and ebullient. The mouthfeel is glossy and creaseless with an energy that pulses through the wines in bursts of hedonism. It is a truly unapologetic bottle with a distinct and original character and we have our new best friend - Lemberger - to thank for it.
About the process
2019 Primesautier is a blend of 81% Lemberger (Knizat vineyard, NOTL), 16.4% Cabernet Franc (Redfoot Vineyard, Lincoln Lakeshore) and 2.6% Merlot (Redfoot vineyard, Lincoln Lakeshore). It was harvested on November 25th (Lemberger), November 6th (Merlot) and November 13th (Cabernet Franc). All 3 grapes were processed as 100% destemmed fruit and fermented in large concrete tanks. Fermentations by indigenous yeast proceeded steadily and completed by mid-December 2019. The wines aged separately in their fermentation vessels on lees and without racking until March 2020 when they were blended and left to age for an additional 2 months
About the Winemaker
François Morissette doesn’t make wine for Ontario. He makes wine for the world, especially for those who appreciate his approach of minimal-intervention, purity, and low sulphur.
He is classically trained, having worked on the Grand Cru terroirs of Frédéric Mugnier of Chambolle Musigny, Christian Gouges of Domaine Henri Gouges, and Jean-Marc of Domaine Roulot. Further oenological training was also undertaken at L’Université de Dijon.
He attempts to uncover the inherent nature of each and every vintage. The result of this focused dedication is a selection of wines that speak for themselves. At Pearl Morissette, no two wines are ever the same.