Steven Spurrier's Wines of the Month

For the Cellar
Domaine Drouhin, Laurène Pinot Noir, Oregon, USA 2015

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Created in 1987 on Oregon's Dundee Hills by Robert Drouhin, for whom the gentle slopes overlooking the Willamette Valley bore a striking resemblance to his native Burgundy, Domaine Drouhin now covers 52ha of mostly Pinot Noir with a little Chardonnay. 

Robert names his daughter Véronique as winemaker from the start and the Cuvée Laurène's first vintage was 1992, the year Véronique's eldest daughter was born.

A very strict barrel selection, it has been made every year since, winning regular citations as one of America's best-expressed examples of Pinot Noir.

2015 was an exceptional vintage, matching if not surpassing the superb 2014, the wine described by Véronique as: 'Intensely aromatic and complex on the nose, the palate is captivation, displaying great concentration with refined texture, beautifully balanced with a long aftertaste.'

While being totally Oregonian, it could match a premier cru from Vosne-Romanée. Thirty-two years on, Robert Drouhin states: 'Skilled get more refined, methods evolve, but what's important is what is transmitted from generation to generation: the search for excellence, the intellectual curiosity, the sense of values, passion, the respect for terroir.' 

The Cuvée Laurène 2015 reflects this well: 94pts, drink 2020-2030

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