Le Grand Vin – Bordeaux in Canada

An invitation to wine and dine with Pascal Madevon, the talented winemaker and vineyard manager at the southern Okanagan Valley’s Osoyoos Larose Winery, was an offer I could not refuse.

An evening of Bordeaux tasting held much promise. It was not the usual winemakers dinner. Twelve of us would dine at the Fairmont Royal York’s elegant Epic dining room and be treated to the 2009 Component sampling of all the wines that are blended to create the Osoyoos Larose “le Grande Vin” Bordeaux. This was to be followed by a tasting of Le Grand Vin 2004, 2005, 2006 which is the current release, and 2007, the future release.

“It is the pride of my life,” says Madevon, a Parisian who moved to tiny Oliver, BC. and became so charmed with the country-lifestyle, that he and his family have become Canadians.

We were intrigued by the components we tasted, and were informed of the blend: 65% Merlot, 23% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet Franc, 4% Malbec, and 4% Petit Verdot.

After tasting the components, we were treated to the Le Grand Vin Tastings. While Bordeaux is about 9,000 km from the Okanagan, this joint venture between Groupe Taillan, owner of Chateau Gruaud-Larose, and Vincor Canada, spared no expense in choosing rootstock and clones from Bordeaux and shipping them to to the vineyard beside Lake Osoyoos.

Of the barrel sample of the unreleased 2007 Madevon says, “we are lucky to get such development so early in the history of the wine.”

For holiday entertaining for special friends, Vintages sells a 3L size of the just released 2004 Le Grand Vin for $164.96.

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