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Domaine Drouhin Oregon
Optimum consumption: 4 to 6 years
Ageing potential: 8 years
Athur Chardonnay comes from 100% of the estate's vines, located in the Dundee Hills in the Willamette Valley. It is named after Véronique Boss-Drouhin' son. The yields are contained and the vine has an early ripening capacity. Domaine Drouhin Oregon is certified « Low Input Viticulture Environment » for sustainable viticulture.
by Véronique Boss-Drouhin
Expressive and vibrant, our Chardonnay Arthur opens with a flourish of tart green apple and a focused bouquet of orange blossom and nicely ripe melon. There is lemon zest, honeysuckle, and fresh almonds on the palate, with a note of pear essence on the finish. It offers a nice balanced acidity and a medium-long finish.
The 2021 vintage was absolutely worth the wait, and we couldn’t be more pleased with the charm and grace its wines present at every level. An arid and warm spring led to an even warmer, drier summer with notable heat spikes. Wonderfully, the vines remained healthy, and as temperatures cooled in mid-September, harvest was able to stretch out over three smooth weeks, ending in early October. After a dramatic growing season, the vines delivered grapes with complex flavours, incredible balance, and layers of elegance. As winemakers and grape growers, we couldn’t have asked fo ra better gift from the vineyard.
Our Chardonnay was hand-picked into small crates, 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. Véronique then blended these two portions to create a wine of a more delicate nature - Arthur. It is as if one brought together elements of a pure Chablis and an elegant Meursault.