2014 Domaine Drouhin Chardonnay 'Arthur'
by JJ Buckley Fine Wines
On Sale $29.94 (reg. $34.94)
Oregon Chardonnay is going through a bit of a moment these days, and the only question is how did it take this long?! Pinot has proven itself time and time again in the Willamette Valley, so it only makes sense that its Burgundian sister would thrive among these rolling, fog-drenched hills. Who better to start with than Domaine Drouhin, the Burgundy heavyweight whose arrival in Oregon lent tremendous international legitimacy to the growing wine scene.
Drouhin’s Oregon Chardonnays follow the old-world style, “concentrated yet energetic and structured rather than flashy” according to Vinous, and “among the most age-worthy of Oregon Chardonnays.” Their experience working with some of the finest terroir in Burgundy shows as they always seem to know just the right approach for each vineyard, and the quality is always high no matter the price point.
Today’s 2014 Cuvée Arthur is made from 100% estate grown Dijon clones from the Drouhin’s flagship Dundee Hills estate. A beautifully balanced effort, it combines elements of great Chablis and Mersault: racy but rich, ripe yet still quite mineral. The warm and easy 2014 vintage was pure heaven in the Willamette Valley and lent itself to the balanced and energetic style of the Cuvée Arthur making this one of the most cellarable examples of the cuvée in years.
At just under 30 bucks, this is a phenomenal deal for what comparable quality white Burgundy would run you, and it's got delicious Oregon fruit rounding out the profile. Pick up some today to enjoy over the next 5-7 years. Cheers!