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2059 Niagara Stone Road
Niagara On The Lake, Ontario,L0S 1J0
From the beginning, one the defining strengths of Stratus has a willingness to consider new approaches, new ideas and new traditions. This attitude has allowed the winery to benefit enormously from collaborating with experts who share its passion for excellenc... more.
Bachelder (above, top) shares similar traits to that of J.L. Groux (above), also a master blender as the long-time winemaker at Stratus Vineyards.
Stratus White 2012 ($44, 92 points) - The white assemblage from winemaker J.L. Groux is a blend of 43% Chardonnay, 42% Sauvignon Blanc and 15% Semillon. The Chardonnay was picked early, a departure for Stratus, and the wine was aged for 624 days in French oak, 28% of it new.
Winemaker Jean-Laurent (J.L.) Groux will tell you that the success of any given bottle of wine made at Stratus Vineyards "is not our decision.
"J.L. is one of the most research-oriented experimental winemakers I've come across, which is exactly what this project needs to succeed," Hobbs said. Obama isn't the first high-profile palate to try the 2002 Stratus Red, an assemblage of seven differnet grape varieties made by winemaker J.L. Groux. It also included a reception and six course wine tasting with Stratus winemaker, J.L. Groux. We sat down with J.L. to discuss assemblage, gravity and great wine. Trius, because the winemaker was J.L. Groux, 48, who created the line of wines bearing that name at nearby Hillebrand during his year stint with them. Luring Groux into the new winery was the first really big move. With his frizzy, out of control hair and wild gaze, Groux reminds one of a mad winemaker genius, with visual echoes of Einstein. I won't bore you with tank talk, but while the outside of the building is reminiscent of a big glass shoebox, the inside has every conceivable piece of ultra-modern equipment, from moveable double sorting tables to massive elevated oak Grenier wood fermenters. Groux is as excited as a kid with a big allowance in a candy store. As winemaker at Stratus, he has total control of the grapes and vineyards. His mission in life is to coax world-class flavours froma myriad of grapes, including clasic Bordeaux varieties (cabernet franc, cabernet sauvignon, merlot, petit verdot), Burgundy varieties (chardonnay) and Rhone grapes (syrah, viognier) - not to mention gewurztraminer, sauvignon blanc, semillon and malbec. The art of blending grapes, which Groux mastered at Hillebrand, is in full play in the Stratus wines. Groux and Gamble liken Wildass to Lee and Stratus to Susur, in reference to Toronto's top chef Susur Lee, who has opened a price friendly Lee restaurant next door to his culinary opus, Susur.
"It's fascinating to hear what he says," declared J.L. Groux, winemaker at Stratus Vineyards.
"This won't work for our young vineyards (with their high vigor), but it's fascinating to consider what they could be like in 50 years." Humbrecht's wines were as iconoclastic as he; a tasting of four village-designated rieslings from the 2005 vintage revealed wines of high alcohol (over 13%) along with considerable residual sugar in some cases. "I've never seen such an enthusiastic and diverse group at one of these meetings," remarked Groux. Groux, a native of the Loire Valley of France, and formerly of Hillebrand Estate Vineyard, has been named Ontario's "Winemaker of the Year."
"It's fascinating to hear what he says," declared J.L. Groux, winemaker at Stratus Vineyards."This won't work for our young vineyards (with their high vigor), but it's fascinating to consider what they could be like in 50 years."Humbrecht's wines were as iconoclastic as he; a tasting of four village-designated rieslings from the 2005 vintage revealed wines of high alcohol (over 13%) along with considerable residual sugar in some cases."I've never seen such an enthusiastic and diverse group at one of these meetings," remarked Groux.
Guests will also enjoy an informative and entertaining presentation by J.L. Groux - Stratus Vineyards' Winemaker.