From small-scale farm to genuine domaine
Originally from Montréal, it was by pure chance that the Du Temple-Quirion family moved their current location to a village on the South Shore (near Napierville). “I always say that the winery found us,” comments Nicole. “In the beginning, we were looking for a hobby farm. In 2004, we were heading to New York for a vacation, and we passed it. When the real estate agent told us that there was a winery behind it, we started to dream a bit bigger. By January 2005, it had all been settled—we moved that summer.”
For the first two years, the rookie winemakers grew grapes that they then sold to Vignoble Clos Saint-Denis. Yvan began to learn about vines, and took stock of what other wineries here and there were doing. “It was our Ah-Ha moment,” Yvan states. Winemaking was a retirement project for the duo, until Yvan realized just how high quality the grapes were. In 2007, they built a winery, and hired expert winemaker Luc Rolland to join the Domaine St-Jacques team.
The following year, the vintage was as big a sensation in the Domaine’s on-site boutique as it was in La Prairie’s Marché des Jardiniers. New vines were planted: Maréchal Foch, Lucie Kuhlmann, Pinot Noir, Gamay, Seyval, Vidal, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer. From these, gorgeous wines were produced and awards won.