This wine is the third Chardonnay offered by Domaine Drouhin Oregon. This year again, the quantity is minuscule: barely 800 cases. THE 1998 VINTAGE IN OREGON: Magnificent for both Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The grapes were superb, ripe and delicious to eat!
We now have an idea of what the Chardonnay 1998 is like. The wine has a pretty golden hue. With its fragrant, floral notes, the nose reveals a beautiful ripeness. On the palate, the first impression is of a generous and ample wine where a hazelnut flavor pervades with some discreet and fine woody touches in the background. Beautiful balance. Long and subtle in the aftertaste. It is already delicious to drink but should reach full maturity in 2002. One little anecdote: I kept an already opened bottle in my refrigerator. When I drank some of it a week later, it was absolutely delicious still. I can’t think of a better test to gauge the quality and longevity of a wine!