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Community Tasting Notes (14) Median Score: 88 points

  • Very good again. Notes of violet, strawberry, and dry mid-palate. Not as good as the first two wines, but still very enjoyable. The cork was soft and broke-up in the bottle.

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  • The Laurène Pinot showed plenty of discolourations. Obviously! The corona was red-brown amber'ish. The core had far more vital seeming ruby red colour left. It was an overall rather bright red Pinot with a few dark particles and cork sediments. At first its bouquet seemed a little bit reluctant to show its possible splendour. There was a bit of shy haystack, a few matches, some veggie fragrances, charcoal and un peu sous-bois oregon'ignon. About an hour later there was some development towards shy fragrances of bright-berries and a few delicate flowers. By then it wasn't as austere as it was before. There was a far more integrated and charming nose-picture during the following three hours. After that most of the aromas vanished into oblivion. In the first 30 minutes the taste was reserved and did not really convince me with its stern veggie flavours - at first! After a while some aged agents like undergrowth, mild mushrooms, hints of coffee powder, a few green vegetable flavours and an overall gentle tartness evolved. Even some traces of semi-dark cherries looked out from under the earthy components. Later on, more smokiness, cola flavours and very mild and shy red berry flavours evolved, too. There was still quite a lot of firm grandpa'ish strength, grip and an impressive structure in this Lauréne. The structure seemed playful light (not geriatric), somehow sublime'ish, very smooth (not totally levelled tannins though) and equipped with a surprisingly long lasting finish. Even the acid seemed very animating and considering its age really fresh. Most certainly there was a certain touch of elegant Burgundy evident. This aged Laurène Pinot Noir was a fascinating experience. I suppose one or two years earlier this wine would have been even more fascinating. If you got one left in the cellar you know what you got to do! Anyway a very decent Pinot Noir with plenty to tell for a few hours. After approx. five hours it said ... Adieu!

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  • Superb concentration - this is an outstanding wine. Violet nose, muted plum, raspberry and blackberry.

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  • This is an outstanding wine - drinking beautifully and is not over-the-hill whatsoever. Notes of oak, cherry and anise. Good concentration, very fine with a long finish.

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  • Decanter Magazine *****
    Very intense, primary fruit, macerated strawberries. Decent acidity, silky tannin. Delicate and very elegant style, good fruit concentration, excellent length. Very stylish.”

    Domaine Drouhin is located in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, but its roots are in Burgundy, France. Domaine Drouhin is owned and operated by the Drouhin family of Burgundy, which is the owner of the legendary Maison Joseph Drouhin. The Drouhin family has been making wine since the 13th century in France, though in Oregon the first vintage was 1988. Veronique Drouhin-Boss is the winemaker in Oregon, and she travels frequently between the estates in Burgundy and Oregon. The 225-acre Oregon estate is planted to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The Oregon estate’s’ signature wines are named after her three children, and are a blend of old world winemaking and new world terroir.

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    March/April 2000, IWC Issue #89, (See more on Vinous...)

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