Newsletter: 2021 Pearl Morissette 'Racines Du Ciel' Cabernet Franc

Newsletter: 2021 Pearl Morissette 'Racines Du Ciel' Cabernet Franc

The term New World is becoming increasingly useless. In today's wine world, you can look almost anywhere outside of Europe and find someone making world class wines that stand up to the best old world analogues...even in places you might least expect.

Today's Cabernet Franc from Pearl Morissette is one such example. Here in Niagara, just outside of Toronto, François Morissette is producing wines with all the character and finesse of France's best. This is a Cabernet Franc with serious polish and weight, showcasing complex layers of the grape's classic dark, earth-tinged fruits. It has richness akin to Right Bank Bordeaux coupled with the elegance and verve found in the Loire. 

To be clear, I love this wine not for it's unique origin or off the beaten path terroir, but because this is simply one of the most delicious expressions of Cabernet Franc I've tasted from anywhere on the planet.

I'm proud to offer the only bottles of 2021 Pearl Morissette 'Racines du Ciel' in South Carolina
100% Cabernet Franc from organically farmed vines planted in the estate's Home Farm Vineyard. The grapes are hand-harvested, de-stemmed and fermented with indigenous yeasts in neutral oak vats. After fermentation, the wine ages in a mixture of foudre, demi-muids and barrique for a total of 18 months before bottling without fining or filtering.

A sultry, silky expression of Cabernet Franc, with blackberries, black cherries, violets and an earthy, minty edge. The palate is stacked with layers of dense black fruit, tobacco notes and peppercorn. Finishing with a sapid, savory flourish and cleansing acidity. A wine to cement Canada on the fine wine map.  
François Morissette grew up in Quebec and became a sommelier at some of the top restaurants in the region. In 2000 he decided to try and make wine himself and spent the following 7 years in Burgundy at some of the region's legendary domaines, Domaine Henri Gouges and Frédéric Mugnier, among them. 

Today, Pearl-Morissette farms two vineyards, the 19th Street Vineyard and what they call the Home Vineyard right next to the winery. Everything is farmed organically with meticulous care.
2021 Pearl Morissette 'Racines du Ciel' - $57.99


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Justin Coleman
Monarch Wine Merchants



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