2019 Stratus Pristine Cuvée Cabernet Franc


Cheese Boutique, owned and operated by the Pristine Family over four generations, has been sourcing, ageing and supplying fine cheeses to the Greater Toronto area since 1970.

Pristine Cuvée is a Stratus | Cheese Boutique collaboration that celebrates the passion and craft of artisan cheese and fine wine. Six barrels of Cabernet Franc were thoughtfully selected by Maître Fromager Afrim Pristine and Winemaker J-L Groux. Aromas of fresh, field berry and savoury pine follow with medium-bodied palate of dark cherry, violet and hints of tobacco. Bright acidity and a firm structure make it an ideal pairing for both hard and soft cheeses, charcuterie, olives, and herbaceous meat dishes.

The Cheese Boutique and Stratus have pledged $1.00 from the sale of every bottle to the Cheese Boutique Mental Health Promise Fund at St. Joseph's.

Growing Conditions

Budbreak in most areas had a slight delay, however the sunny autumn drew out the end of the season. January started off mild but was a month full of significant weather events including extreme cold and heavy snowfall, which continued throughout February, while the rapid thaw in March was the major weather story of the spring. Significant snow melt led to high water levels for the start of the growing season. June brought summer weather with normal temperatures across Ontario and the growing season got under way. Flowering occurred quickly as the grapevines accelerated to make up for the late start. July was warm and sunny, punctuated by three short but intense heat waves, complemented by high humidity across southeastern and southwestern Ontario. Two significant rainfalls occurred in the month, maintaining soil moisture and supporting developing vines. August was warm and intermittently stormy, leading into a comparatively quiet September, cool with some rain – but bringing decent conditions to finish off the summer and begin the harvest season.


Cabernet Franc
VQA Niagara Lakeshore
J-L Groux
Bottle size
750 mL
Serving Temperature
18 °C
Drinking Window
2021 - 2028
546 days in French oak │ 10% new