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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.
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.