2014 Domaine Drouhin "Arthur" Dundee Hills Chardonnay (Previously $30)

SKU #1282691 93 points James Suckling

 This is such a lively white with ripe fruit, mangoes and limes. Then it turns to a salt character. Medium-to full-bodied, racy and intense. Fresh, citrusy finish.  (11/2016)

93 points Vinous

 Pale gold. High-pitched, mineral-accented aromas of tangerine, pear and white flowers carry subtle ginger and anise overtones. Lively and sharply focused in the mouth, offering palate-staining orchard and citrus fruit flavors complicated by a refreshingly bitter quinine nuance and a hint of toasty lees. Finishes with outstanding clarity and stony thrust, leaving floral and citrus pith notes behind. Given this iconic producer’s deep and well-known Burgundy origins it isn’t surprising that their Chardonnays are deeply rooted in an Old World style. Much like the Pinots produced here by Veronique Drouhin-Boss and her assistant winemaker, Arron Bell, the DDO Chardonnays are concentrated yet energetic and structured rather than flashy in style. In fact, these are among the most age-worthy of Oregon Chardonnays. I’ve found that they reward decanting if they’re opened before their third birthdays. (JR)  (8/2016)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Bright and tangy, with jazzy flavors of grapefruit, passion fruit and mineral that come together with precision on the lively finish. Drink now through 2021. (HS, Web-2016)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2014 Chardonnay Estate Arthur is fermented half in tank and half in barrel with blocked malolactic. It has a lifted bouquet with yellow plum and acacia scents infusing the citrus peel aromas. The oak here is nicely integrated. The palate offers nutmeg and sea salt on the entry, a keen line of acidity, quite brisk and lively with a twist of sour lemon mixed with Szechuan pepper on the finish, the latter leaving a pleasant tingle on the tongue. (NM)  (6/2016)

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Staff Image By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/2/2017 | Send Email
If you want to know what a "classic" White Burgundy smells like, buy a bottle of this. Apple, citrus, banana, toast, nuts, mineral, baking spice, anise any of the aromas that you have seen on the images trying to illustrate Burgundy are here, Beyond that the palate is medium weight, it is clean and very persistent with good extract. This is great Chardonnay.

Staff Image By: Mari Keilman | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/1/2017 | Send Email
Slowly I'm falling back in love with Domestic Chardonnay and it's because of wines like this! You wouldn't expect anything less in a Chardonnay coming from a producer than has such deep roots in Burgundy, but this wine is a true reminder of how on par Oregon Chardonnays can be with their bigger brothers. The Arthur is chock-full of savory on the nose that instantly transports me to France, but not just to Burgundy. The aromatics of clove, floral and almond skin faintly remind me of a great aged Savenierre. On the palate this Chardonnay is fresh and bright but also has a coating texture due to the mix of both stainless and oak aging. This Chardonnay is a true crowd-pleaser that is sure to delight everyone from your creamy malo lover to even the most finicky and discerning of palates.

Staff Image By: Olivia Ragni | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/27/2017 | Send Email
This is beautiful terroir-driven, French-style Chardonnay that exudes elegance. It is a clean, pure expression of Chardonnay from Willamette with aromas of fennel and white flowers, and flavors of pith, wet stones, almonds and white nectarines. And you get all of that ethereal beauty for under $30.

Staff Image By: Stephanie Vidales | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/17/2017 | Send Email
The Arthur Chardonnay from Domaine Drouhin is a great representation of the plentiful 2014 Oregon vintage and a good match for those who like Burgundian style wines. There's a bright acidity that's elegantly combined with white floral, lemon zest, vanilla and baking spices. Enjoy this wine now, or hold onto it for a few years and I'm sure it will be even more fabulous.

Staff Image By: Dulcinea Gonzalez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/10/2017 | Send Email
Arthur is steeped in aromas of light toasted spice with a hint of vanilla. Showing it's Burgundian roots with an elegant, and restrained approach to the rich and creamy style of Chardonnay, the mid-palate exhibits a clarity of pear and apple fruit and shows plenty of depth with an intriguing stoney minerality that drinks absolutely deliciously! A super quality for the price, and super recommended!

Staff Image By: Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/10/2017 | Send Email
Wonderful Oregon Chardonnay from a classic producer. This bottling is whole cluster pressed Dijon clone Chard with a mix of oak and stainless steel aging. It goes through natural malo giving it a wonderful richness without feeling fat and heavy. It maintains a bright snap and vibrancy to go with the lovely baking spice and apple notes. Great wine, great vintage, great producer, AND a great price -- it is a must try!

Staff Image By: Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/10/2017 | Send Email
I am a huge fan of Oregon Chardonnay, and it has been exciting to be here at K&L where I feel like we are a little ahead of the game when it comes to stocking and appreciating it. That being said the Domaine Drouhin Arthur is not some hidden gem only we know about, this wine, from this well known winemaker has turned many heads and for good reason. The 2014 vintage showcase the beauty of Chardonnay from the Dundee Hills. Citrus, white stone fruit, and floral notes are lifted and carried by the acid in this wine. A touch of oak gives a nice toasty quality to the wine. Essentially this is one of the gold standards for Oregon Chardonnay.

Staff Image By: Gary Norton | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/10/2017 | Send Email
Loads of clove, cinnamon and baked apple on the nose of this young Chardonnay. The palate is racier than expected. While 2014 is a very lush, hot vintage, DDO's house style is consistently balanced in terms of acidity and ripeness. The wine is produced entirely from estate fruit (Dijon clones) and is fermented in both tank and barrel. This Chardonnay is always a show stopper in my eyes, and frankly, it's cheap considering the name and quality behind it.

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Varietal:

Chardonnay

- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.
Country:

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.
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Oregon

- Highly touted for its Pinot Noirs, Oregon is part of the up-and-coming winemaking industry in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. Most of Oregon is directly affected by the climate coming off of the Pacific Ocean, giving it mild winters and wet summers. This makes it a difficult place to ripen grapes, but some say that the harder grapes have to struggle, the more complex they will turn out to be. Chardonnay and Pinot Gris are two important and successful grapes grown in Oregon.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.1