Jean Pierre Colas is one of the most talented French-trained winemakers in the business.
His winemaking philosophy is quite simple. He believes that great wines come from the
best grapes grown in the best vineyards, whereas winemaking techniques are only
utilized to supplement and capture the very essence of the grapes’ provenance and
Between France and his current residency at 13th Street, JP travelled and worked
extensively around the world. Colas was not only born and raised in Chablis — the
undisputed heartland of cool climate, unwooded Chardonnay — he made top bottlings
there including the 1996 Domaine Laroche Grand Cru Le Clos, which won Wine Spectator
magazine’s 1998 White Wine of the Year, scoring 99 points. He has a wonderful feel
for that grape variety, and he sees Ontario as a place well-suited to Chardonnay.