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BC Winemaker Back in Town

Pascal Madevon has been winemaker at Osoyoos Larose since its inception. He's pictured here signing bottles at his last visit to Toronto earlier this year. From France originally, Madevon was trained in Bordeaux and worked at several wineries there. Indeed he keeps in touch with his Bordelais colleagues and loves to hear their comments on his BC meritage blend.

Friday December 2, 2011
    •    LCBO Bayview Village Mall,) : Madevon will be present from 4 pm to 7 pm. (tasting time 4-8 pm).

Saturday December 3, 2011
    •    LCBO Summerhill (10 Scrivener Square): Madevon will be present from 11:30 am to 3 pm. (tasting time 11:30 am- 3:30 pm).

    •    LCBO Kingsway (2946 Bloor Street West): Madevon will be present from 4 pm – 6 pm. (tasting time 4-7 pm).

Madevon's wines are built to last and they really are lasting. I opened a 2005 Osoyoos Larose at a recent tasting of older wines from Canada and it was excellent - aged notes definitely on the nose, with herbal and mushroom dominating, but then nicely integrated dark red fruit on the smooth, medium bodied and elegant palate. Tannins are still strong, giving a good backbone and the finish is on the lighter side. The aged notes are there, but the 2005 still has years to go.

It seems to me that Canadian meritage blends - both BC and Ontario - do age faster than the heavyweights of Bordeaux, but on the plus side, that means you don't have to wait so long to get the aged notes that are so alluring.

Find out more about Osoyoos Larose.


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