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Domaine Drouhin Oregon - Chardonnay, Cuvee Arthur 2016

Information

  • Country: USA
  • Wine Region: Oregon
  • Wine Area: Dundee Hills
  • Wine Maker: Véronique Drouhin-Boss
  • Grape: Chardonnay
  • Grape Percentage: 100%
  • Alcohol Percentage: 13.5%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now
Duty/Vat Paid
WA: 89 (2011) VS: 90 (2007) JR: 16 (2009) WE: 92 (2010)

Wine tasting notes

The 2009 Arthur has surprised me in so many ways. I expected it to be more like 2006 because of the similar heat accumulation through the year. But it seems that 2009 takes the best of 2006 (ripe, lush, round fruit) and the best of 2008 (bright acidity and sharp structure), and combines them in a most enjoyable way. The gently honeyed texture and trademark range of white flower aromatics is delicious. Enjoy now and for the next several years!.

Expert Reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2011)89 pts

Wine Advocate #209. Oct 2013. Reviewer : David Schildknecht. Drouhin?s 2011 Chardonnay Arthur ? which as usual incorporates both tank- and barrel-; malo- and non-malo-elevage ? is delightfully scented with fresh lime, apple, and pineapple, which go on to inform a juicy and bright yet lees-enriched and subtly silken palate. ?There was a lot of malic acid,? notes Bell, ?and malos here took forever. The first harvest for Chardonnay,? he adds, ?wasn?t until after the Pinot, so around the 28th or 29th of October.? Hints of chalk and iodine add interest to a sustained, slightly tart, and refreshing finish. This could well be more harmonious and complete in another year and ought to drink well for several.

Vinous/Antonio Galloni (2007)90 pts

Jul 09. By Josh Raynolds. Light gold. Complex bouquet of smoky citrus and orchard fruit aromas, along with honeysuckle and a gentle lees note. Finely etched pear and Meyer lemon flavors are braced by tangy mineral and spice qualities. The finish displays refreshingly bitter citrus zest and repeating mineral notes, and clings with impressive tenacity.

JancisRobinson.com (2009)16 pts

Published : 02-Mar-2012. Cool, nervy and slight. Too stripped back - appears bony and bare. (RH). When to drink : Now to 2014.

Wine Enthusiast (2010)92 pts

Rich, toasty and ripe, this seduces from first sniff to last sip. The balance of fruit and barrel influence is spot on, crafting an elegant yet powerful Chardonnay with flavors of melon, tree fruit, and baking spice. — P.G. (8/1/2012

Vinification Notes

Ripe, healthy fruit was hand-picked into small totes, and then whole-cluster pressed. Half of the juice was fermented in French Oak barrels (20% new) to create a round, rich texture. The other half was fermented and aged in stainless steel to maintain the purest and most elegant expression of Chardonnay. After eight months, these two styles were blended to create a cuvée of a more delicate nature — to Véronique, it is as if one brought together elements of a pure Chablis and a gentle Meursault.