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.
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.
into the new winery was the first really big move.
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.
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.
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.