The Hedonistic Taster | № 12b Special Edition
Domaine Drouhin Oregon
by L.M. Archer, FWS | Bourgogne ML
“Wine should not be regarded simply as a beverage, but as an art of living, a pleasure.” – Henri Jayer
Welcome to The Hedonistic Taster, a binNotes | redThread™ trade sampling of gorgeous, small-lot artisan pours in an intimate tasting format.
The title derives from the term ‘hedonistic tasting,’ coined by legendary Burgundian vigneron Henri Jayer.
Today’s Special Edition Tasting:
Domaine Drouhin Oregon | Dundee Hills, OR.
Welcome to a Special Edition of The Hedonistic Taster
In honor of the US Thanksgiving holiday, please enjoy these special pours from Burgundian wine maker Véronique Drouhin-Boss of Domaine Drouhin Oregon (DDO), wines provided in conjunction with my recent exclusive interview featuring Roserock Drouhin Oregon.
Drouhin-Boss’s wines unfold on the palate with a lithesome charm, offering attractive pairing options during the holidays.
Amazingly, these wines run between $35-$45, tremendous finds for any Grand Cru or premier Willamette Valley Pinot Noir lover. Moreover, they age beautifully – a bonus for collectors.
Please enjoy – and happy holidays!
The tasting notes today reflect the wines I sampled from Domaine Drouhin Oregon (DDO), the family’s Oregon estate established in 1987 by father Robert Drouhin, where Veronique has spearheaded wine making since 1988; she also oversees the winemaking at her family’s Burgundy domaine Maison Joseph Drouhin, in addition to the Roserock Drouhin Oregon project. Her brother, viticulturalist Phillipe Drouhin, oversees all wine growing operations on their LIVE-certified estates in Oregon, and in Burgundy.
Drouhin-Boss describes the wines of Domaine Drouhin Oregon as “flirting with Chambolle-Musigny” one of only two Burgundian Grand Cru (the other is Corton) AOC’s allowed to produce both red and white wines, wines of perfumed finesse.
Indeed, the wines of Domaine Drouhin Oregon very much live up to their estate’s adage: “French Soul, Oregon Soil.”
Wine: Domaine Drouhin Oregon Arthur Chardonnay | Dundee Hills, OR.
Suggested Retail: $35
Robe: Luminous straw robe.
Nose: Aromas of white flowers, stone fruit, citrus.
Palate: Subtle white florals and lemon curd on the mouth. Balanced, ample bouche, with an elegance and refinement that calls to mind Debussy’s Suite Bergamasque № 3 in a glass. Supple finish. Age-worthy 4-5 yrs.
Suggested Pairings: A versatile wine suitable for creamier dishes and traditional cuisine, as well as lighter, seasonal fare.
Wine: Domaine Drouhin Oregon Pinot Noir | Dundee Hills, OR.
Alcohol: 14.1 %
Suggested Retail: $45
Robe: Deep garnet robe.
Nose: An intoxicating mélange of red raspberry and cassis, dark cherry and plum, baking spice, and roses.
Palate: An intricate, silky millefeuille of savory spices, black fruits, smokey cherry, and hint of evergreen that unfurl on the palate with light-bodied elegance, transforming into a seductive, velvet finish. Age-worthy 10-12 years.
Suggested Pairings: A go-to for any holiday table serving game, fowl, roast beef, or pork loin. For the non-traditionalist, bœuf bourguignon.
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