Producer wine
Pinard et Filles

COUNTRY :
Canada

REGION :
Québec

PRODUCTION :

Pinard et Filles

Pioneering a bright-eyed wine crusade within the extreme terroir of Quebéc, Frédéric Simon and his wife Catherine Bélanger tend to their 1.5 ha winery with resolute sincerity and an evolving sense of place.

Discovery drives the work that they do here, with relatively new plantings of vitis vinifera such as Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, Gamay, Cabernet Franc, Dornfelder, Chardonnay, Riesling, and Savagnin (uncommon to the area due to arduous growing conditions). All vines are tended to organically, with minimal alterations in the cellar — leading Frédéric to a series of challenges to consider when combating the extreme cold of winter & inevitable frosts of spring.

While experimentation is well underway with the aforementioned varietals, production is quite limited and circulates mainly within the local market — championed by natural wine establishments such as Joe Beef and Catherine’s own Moleskine & Pullman Bar à Vin.

The first cuvées available to the United States include Frangine White & Frangin Red — macerated La Crescent for the white & an assemblage of Marquette & Frontenac Gris for the red — sourced from a rented vineyard in Lanoraie. Both adhere to the same strict standards of minimal intervention in the winery, with no additions of chemicals, yeasts, acid, or chaptalization.

Frédéric enlists renowned Canadian artist/novelist Marc Séguin to imagine custom labels for each of his wines. A painter himself, Frédéric has long collected Séguin’s pieces in his home — as far back to his days of co-owning restaurant Les Cons Servent and operating a wine importing business — before selling nearly everything he owned and working toward the vision and love affair that is Pinard et Filles.

CUVÉES
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“Autoportrait”

Region: Québec
Grape: Gamay
Vineyard Size: 2.2 hectares
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“Pornfelder”

Region: Québec
Grape: Pinot Noir, Dornfelder, Pinot Meunier
Vineyard Size: 2.2 hectares
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Farming: organic
Harvest: by hand
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“En Équilibre”

Region: Québec
Grape: Pinot Noir
Vineyard Size: 2.2 hectares
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“Wine Love Me”

Region: Québec
Grape: Chardonnay
Vineyard Size: 2.2 hectares
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“Frangin” Red

Region: Québec
Grape: Marquette, Frontenac Gris
Vineyard Size: 2.2 hectares
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Winemaking: fermentation with indigenous yeasts
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“Frangine” White

Region: Québec
Grape: La Crescent
Vineyard Size: 2.2 hectares
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Harvest: by hand
Winemaking: fermentation with indigenous yeasts, over 100 days on skins
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