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Domaine Drouhin Oregon
Pinot Noir Laurène
Optimum consumption: 10 to 12 years
Ageing potential: 15 years
It comes from Pinot Noir grown on the estate's plots in the Dundee Hills, Willamette Valley. Domaine Drouhin Oregon is certified « Low Input Viticulture Environment » for sustainable viticulture.
by Véronique Boss-Drouhin
In the flush of its youth, Laurène sparkles like a bright ruby. Cherry, mulberry, blackcurrant, and spices all harmonize into a beautifully aromatic bouquet. An overall graceful character is balanced by a firm structure and velvety tannins. Laurène is a shining example of everything we’ve come to know and cherish from our vineyards in the Dundee Hills.
While winter temperatures were slightly warmer than average, and drought conditions continued across the west, February 2021 was defined by an ice-storm unlike anything seen in the Willamette Valley for 40 years.
The growing season started out relatively cool but continued dry. The Willamette Valley saw mild to moderate early to mid-April frosts, followed by an early season heat event at the start of May. At the end of June, we experienced the warmest days ever recorded in the Valley, and yet the vines remained healthy and resilient.
At the end of this 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 for a better gift from the vineyard.
Named after Véronique Boss-Drouhin’s elder daughter, Laurène is our flagship wine and is produced entirely from Pinot Noir grown on the family’s estate in the Dundee Hills. The fruit is handpicked into small totes, destemmed, fermented with indigenous yeasts, and then placed into French Oak barrels. Once the vintage is safely in the cellar, Véronique begins the process of selecting barrels which have an extra complexity, length, and depth, barrels which will work together as Laurène.