Domaine Drouhin Oregon, Cuvée Arthur Chardonnay 2016

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  • Type:

    White

  • Country:

    USA

  • Region:

    Oregon

  • ABV:

    13.50%

  • Grape:

    Chardonnay 100%

  • Grape Blend:

    Chardonnay

  • Winemaker:

    Veronique Drouhin

  • Bottle Size:

    750ml

Domaine Drouhin Oregon Cuvée Arthur Chardonnay 2016 - Wine

Tasting Notes

Our Chardonnay Arthur is produced from 100% Dijon clones, grown on the Drouhin Family Estate in the Dundee Hills of Oregon. First planted in 1990, the low yields of these vines and their early ripening ability have been a perfect match for our climate and soils. Arthur, named for Véronique's son, is a wine that captures the bright, crisp acidity and mineral character of the vineyard, balanced with richness and lovely length. Distinct aromas of gooseberry and wildflowers welcome you to the glass.
As the wine opens, notes of apricot, grapefruit, lemon zest and white peach
emerge. On the palate, the essence has a candied quality, with a mix of fennel
and almond and finishing with a touch of citrus and soft spices. The texture is
beautifully rich, while still maintaining its fresh character. I find it delicious now,
but wouldn’t hesitate to hold in the Cellar from 2020 – 2024.

Production Notes

Our 2017 Chardonnay was hand-picked into small totes, and then whole-cluster pressed. It was partly fermented in French Oak barrels to reveal the complexity of the fruit through the slow breathing process that happens in wood. The rest was fermented and aged in stainless steel to keep the vibrancy and fruitiness. Veronique then blended these two portions to create a wine of a more delicate nature - Arthur

Critics Reviews

Wine Advocate 91pts (2016) - The 2016 Chardonnay Estate Arthur has a lovely open nose of red apple skin and yellow pear with nuances of tangy Greek yogurt, toast and lemon pith. Light to medium-bodied, it has good concentration of tree fruits in the mouth with touches of honey and white blossoms with great juicy acidity, finishing long with a touch of texture.

Producer Profile

Skills get more refined, methods evolve, but what's important is what is transmitted from generation to generation: The search for excellence, the intellectual curiosity, the sense of values, passion, the respect for terroir.' -- Robert J. Drouhin. In 1987, Robert Drouhin was invited to participate in the first International Pinot Noir Celebration, and on that trip, he decided to purchase land in the Dundee Hills. Where there had only been Christmas trees and wheat, the Drouhin's began planting their first vineyards in Oregon. At the same time, Robert nominated V�ronique to be the newly christened DDO winemaker, and her brother Philippe Drouhin took responsibility for viticulture. In 1988, DDO produced its first vintage, from purchased grapes, and in 1989 built the landmark, four-story gravity flow winery. Situated atop the Dundee Hills, between 400' to 800' in elevation, the site was selected for its remarkable similarity in climate, latitude and aspect to the legendary vineyards of Burgundy. From what started as test plantings of cloned Pinot Noir rootstock, Domaine Drouhin now encompasses 124 acres of hillside vineyards. Interspersed with the Pinot Noir vines are 11 acres of Chardonnay, planted at various elevations and, like in Burgundy, planted right alongside rows of Pinot Noir.