Francois Morissette is one of Canada's top winemakers, but he would stand out in any wine region. A native of Quebec, he acquired his profession working for seven years at renowned producers in Burgundy. Now he farms grapes in Ontario's Niagara wine region, and his wines are pure expressions of natural winemaking. All of his grapes are grown organically, and all of his wines are fermented with native yeast with no filtering.
Cuvee Metis Rouge is a blend of 3 different Cabernet Franc sites. Some from 3 year old estate fruit at high density planted on gravel and the remainder from the Redfoot vineyard and Bakery Vineyard. Three week 100% whole bunch fermented with an additional 10 days of post fermentation maceration and pressed into large-format old oak for aging. A wine that walks the line between power and finesse. Delicate aromatics, rich and full. Typically the Metis Rouge is all Cabernet Franc, but this vintage Francois Morissette decided to add in a bit of Gamay and Pinot Noir, all fermented whole cluster, vinified separately, and then blended together. The nose leads with earth and and follows with juicy raspberry and currants. The palate is structured and concentrated without being heavy.