Ripe, healthy fruit was hand-picked into small totes, and then whole-cluster pressed. Half of the juice was fermented in French Oak barrels (20% new) to create a round, rich texture. The other half was fermented and aged in stainless steel to maintain the purest and most elegant expression of Chardonnay. After eight months, these two styles were blended to create a cuvée of a more delicate nature — to Véronique, it is as if one brought together elements of a pure Chablis and a gentle Meursault.
Harvested: September 24 - October 10 Bottled: August 2010 Released: December 2010 Production: 2,975 12 pack cases Our Chardonnay Arthur is produced from 100% Dijon clones, grown on the Drouhin Family Estate in the Dundee Hills of Oregon. First planted in 1992, these are among the oldest such vines in the new world and their low yields and early ripening ability have been a perfect match for our climate & soils. Our Chardonnay first debuted with the 1996 vintage. With the 2002 release, it was renamed in honor of Véronique Drouhin-Boss' son Arthur. Arthur is a wine that captures the bright, crisp acidity and mineral character of the vineyard, balanced with richness and lovely length on the palate.
The 2009 Arthur has surprised me in so many ways. I expected it to be more like 2006 because of the similar heat accumulation through the year. But it seems that 2009 takes the best of 2006 (ripe, lush, round fruit) and the best of 2008 (bright acidity and sharp structure), and combines them in a most enjoyable way. The gently honeyed texture and trademark range of white flower aromatics is delicious. Enjoy now and for the next several years! - Véronique Drouhin-Boss, September 2010