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Pinot Noir Laurène
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Named after Véronique 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. All of the fruit is handpicked into small totes, destemmed, fermented with indigenous yeasts, and then placed into barrels (French oak, never more than 20% new). 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.

Vintage

The warm, long growing season of 2015 brought us a second straight harvest of exceptional quality. Looking back, a warmer than average winter led to an early budbreak and nearly six months of charmed growing conditions. Just before harvest, the vineyards were able to enjoy some needed rain, but the skies were largely clear. Starting on September 9, as temperatures cooled slightly, we picked for nearly three weeks, bringing in exceptionally pristine, healthy fruit. In bottle, 2015 echoes the stunning quality of 2014, but with its own character, intensity and exquisite balance.

Tasting notes

The 2015 Louise is a deep ruby red, with brilliance and depth. Aromatically, there is an evolving mix of spice, plum, rhubarb, smokiness and cassis, which are all present on the palate, too. There is a guiding impression of freshness, and a sense of energy comparable to the 2014 Louise. There is also an intriguing, subtle layer on the palate, and a very, very long finish. Youthful but structured, the 2015 Louise has a long life ahead. Enjoy over the next 10-12 years.

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