cork put on le clos jordanne brand wines

March 23, 2016 | St. Catharines Standard
by Bob Tymczyszyn


With a good deal of regret, the Le Clos Jordanne brand of wines has been put to rest.

Del Rollo, a senior director with Constellation Brands, confirmed the announcement Wednesday.

“Le Clos Jordanne at this point is not going to be producing further after the 2012 vintage,” he said.

For the once heralded estate, it came down to a simple matter of economics.

Back to back short crops because of bad winters in 2014 and 2015 were a part of the decision to shutter the brand.

“The lack of fruit allowed us to take stock and think about what direction we want to go in,” Rollo said.

The winery was the inspiration of Inniskillin co-founders Donald Ziraldo and Karl Kaiser, who entered into a joint venture in 1993 with Burgundian producer Jaffelin.

In 2002, Vincor, then owner of the brand, announced plans for expansion including the construction of a Frank Gehry-designed winery in Lincoln.

A sharp four-fold spike in the price of steel, a key component of conception, forced a halt and ultimate end to the winery.

Rollo said it might have been a blessing in disguise.

“The land where we had the vineyards, where we were going to put this very massive winery, it would have meant taking the land that was tailor-made for making the best Chardonnay and Pinot Noir,” he said.

While Le Clos Jordanne will cease to be made, Rollo said there’s always opportunities for innovation.

“We still own those vineyards, they are some of the best in the region. We’re going to use the fruit for new and exciting opportunities.”

Rollo said announcements will be forthcoming about a new wine that’s going to be made using the same vineyards.

For the time being, lovers of the brand can check local LCBO stores for any remaining stock or online from the winery.

“I’ll be honest, it’s pretty slim pickings right now,” said Rollo. “There’s not much available, some 2012 and a little 2011.”