Named for winemaker Véronique Drouhin-Boss’ son, our Chardonnay Arthur (pronounced Ar-TOUR) is produced entirely from estate fruit and is handmade at DDO’s landmark gravity flow winery in the Dundee Hills. Our Chardonnay vines were planted in 1992 and are 100% Dijon clones, some of the oldest such plantings in the New World. Fermenting lots separately in stainless steel and in barrel, Véronique then creates a blend with refreshing purity of fruit, crisp minerality & vibrant acidity.
The 2004 Chardonnay Arthur has been exciting since the grapes first came in. Now it presents a unique and extremely delicate bouquet of fresh almonds, peaches and white flowers which mingle in the glass and are well represented on the palate. The texture, which is very important to me, is ample, round and well defined. Because of its characteristic finesse and elegance, this Arthur matches well with many kinds of food, including shell-fish, oysters, white meat, white truffles and soft cheeses. The wine is already delicious, but one could quite comfortably put aside a couple bottles for three or four years.