L'Ecole No. 41

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Country of Origin: USA
Location: Walla Walla Valley
People: Megan & Marty Clubb, Owners | Marty Clubb & Mike Sharon, Winemakers

Items

L'Ecole No. 41 2016 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley Login In Stock
L'Ecole No. 41 2016 Old Vine Chenin Blanc, Columbia Valley Login AG 91 In Stock
L'Ecole No. 41 2015 Semillon, Columbia Valley Login WS 88 WA 89 In Stock
L'Ecole No. 41 2015 'Luminesce' White Bordeaux Blend, Seven Hills Vineyard, Walla Walla Valley Login In Stock
L'Ecole No. 41 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley Login WA 89 AG 91 In Stock
L'Ecole No. 41 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley Login WS 90 WE 91 W&S 91 AG 91+ In Stock
L'Ecole No. 41 2014 Merlot, Columbia Valley Login WA 89 WS 89 AG 89 In Stock
L'Ecole No. 41 2015 'Frenchtown' Red Wine, Columbia Valley Login AG 88 In Stock
L'Ecole No. 41 2014 'Perigee' Estate Bordeaux Blend, Seven Hills Vineyard, Walla Walla Valley Login WS 90 WA 94 WE 92 AG 93 In Stock
L'Ecole No. 41 2014 Ferguson Vineyard, Walla Walla Valley Login WA 95 AG 93+ In Stock
L'Ecole No. 41 2015 Syrah, Columbia Valley Login In Stock



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L’Ecole No. 41 is an institution in Walla Walla. It was the third winery to open in the region (1983), and only the 20th in the state. They have won the prestigious Winery of the Year in Wine and Spirits magazine a whopping 14 consecutive times (2002-2015). They have become one of the most prominent and visible Walla Walla Valley wineries with national and international distribution. As a traditional brick and mortar winery, they are engaged in growing and making 100% of their wines. Their focus is on terroir-driven, distinctive, and expressive wines. This is achieved by their nearly thirty years of winemaking experience combined with dedicated, long-term relationships with some of the oldest and most proven vineyards in the Walla Walla and Columbia Valleys. They are at the forefront of sustainable farming in the Walla Walla Valley, notably with their Estate Seven Hills Vineyard. All of their Walla Walla Valley wines are made from grapes sourced from vineyards which are certified sustainable and Salmon Safe.

Marty Clubb owns L’Ecole No. 41 with his wife Megan. This second generation, family-owned artisan winery, located in the historic Frenchtown School depicted on their label, was founded in 1983 by Megan’s parents, Jean and Baker Ferguson. Marty Clubb took over winemaking in 1989.

Marty’s ongoing dedication and commitment to the Washington state wine industry is evident in his many leadership roles. Marty, along with his partners Norm McKibben and Gary Figgins, were early viticulture pioneers in the Walla Walla. In 1997 they began the expansion of the original 20-acre Seven Hills Vineyard to the 230 acres it is today. Marty is currently President and Director of the Washington Wine Institute and is one of two board members from Washington State for WineAmerica. He was instrumental in the founding of the Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance and served as its president for six years. Marty worked with other industry pioneers in the development of the Walla Walla Community College Center for Enology and Viticulture. He earned a chemical engineering degree from Texas A&M University.

All L'Ecole wines are vegetarian. No egg whites or fish by-products are used in fining.

Wine Advocate 6/30/2017
"Winemakers Marty Clubb and Mike Sharon (Mike joined the estate in 2006) continue to keep this Walla Walla based estate firing on all cylinders, and they’re a great reference point for the State of Washington. This report focused on their 2014s, and the lineup is stacked with quality and value."

Reviews

  • L'Ecole 2015 Semillon, Columbia Valley
    The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 88 (4/30/2017)

    A snappy and expressive white, offering lively grapefruit, hay and spice flavors.
  • L'Ecole 2015 Semillon, Columbia Valley
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 89 (6/30/2017)

    The value priced 2015 Columbia Valley Semillon from this terrific estate offers a reserved, honeyed mineral character as well as notes of buttered peach, medium-bodied richness, impeccable balance and a crisp, clean finish. Pair it with seafood and count yourself lucky.
  • L'Ecole 2014 Merlot, Columbia Valley
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 89 (6/30/2017)

    A terrific value is the 2014 Columbia Valley Merlot, which incorporates 10% Cabernet Franc, 7% Malbec and small splash of Petit Verdot. Notes of plums, licorice and chocolaty oak all emerge from this ripe, sexy, downright delicious red that has tons to love. It's ideal for drinking over the coming 3-5 years.
  • L'Ecole 2014 Ferguson Vineyard, Walla Walla Valley
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 95 (6/30/2017)

    My favorite of the three special cuvees, the 2014 Ferguson checks in as a blend of 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 6% Malbec. It knocks it out of the park with its dark, savory, mineral-laced fruit and is full-bodied, deep, rich and concentrated on the palate. This beautiful wine has building structure and ripe tannin, and it’s going to have two decades or more of longevity.
  • L'Ecole 2014 Merlot, Columbia Valley
    The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 89 (8/31/2017)

    Opens with expressive cherry and dark chocolate notes, slowly building persistence and a frame of tannins on the finish. Drink now through 2021.
  • L'Ecole 2014 'Perigee' Estate Bordeaux Blend, Seven Hills Vineyard, Walla Walla Valley
    The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 90 (11/15/2017)

    Well-built and framed by firm tannins, offering deep flavors of blackberry, stony mineral and spice. Hands off for now. Best after 2018.
  • L'Ecole 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley
    The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 90 (11/15/2017)

    Precise and refined, with lively black cherry, lavender and spice notes that linger toward polished tannins. Drink now through 2023.
  • L'Ecole 2014 'Perigee' Estate Bordeaux Blend, Seven Hills Vineyard, Walla Walla Valley
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 94 (6/1/2017)

    A true blockbuster from this estate is the 2014 Perigee Seven Hills Vineyard Estate and it’s 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. It offers killer notes of blackberries, cassis, crushed rocks and graphite, with a mineral-laced, full-bodied, concentrated style on the palate. Impeccably balanced, with terrific purity and building tannin, drink it anytime over the coming decade or two.
  • L'Ecole 2014 'Perigee' Estate Bordeaux Blend, Seven Hills Vineyard, Walla Walla Valley
    Wine Enthusiast
    Rating: 92 (9/1/2017)

    This wine is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot and 3% Malbec. Hightoned aromas of raspberry, cherry, cranberry, barrel spice and dark fruit lead to concentrated, well-balanced red- and black-fruit flavors. The finish sails into the distance. It drinks beautifully now, but should have a long life in front of it.
  • L'Ecole 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 89 (6/1/2017)

    Graphite, blackberry, cassis and cedary spice all emerge from the 2014 Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (100% Cabernet Sauvignon), and it has good minerality, medium-bodied richness and ample charm and elegance.
  • L'Ecole 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley
    Wine Enthusiast
    Rating: 91 (9/1/2017)

    This wine is 100% Cabernet, coming from Seven Hills, Loess, Summit View, Yellow Jacket, Stone Valley, Ferguson and Pepper Bridge vineyards. Locked-up aromas of barrel spice, toast, herb, vanilla and dark fruit give way to rich but well balanced black-fruit flavors. Lightly grainy tannins offer sufficient support.
  • L'Ecole 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley
    Wine & Spirits
    Rating: 91 (10/1/2017)

    This powerful Cabernet is a blend from multiple sources, including Seven Hills, Pepper Bridge and Ferguson vineyards. It leads with scents of carob and blackberry, giving way to darker, more fig-like flavors. It stays on the rails with a finessed tannic payload and just enough acidity to keep it aloft.
  • L'Ecole 2016 Old Vine Chenin Blanc, Columbia Valley
    Vinous
    Rating: 91 (10/27/2017)

    Lovely lift to the aromas and flavors of orange, lemon, ginger, shiso leaf and flowers. Dense but racy wine with a cooler note of pink grapefruit and a suggestion of botrytis (but just two grams per liter residual sugar). Turns more citrus and dry on the dusty, building back end. This should age well on its sound acidity. (Clubb noted that he has never acidified his Chenin Blanc because this fruit comes in last, with the highest natural acidity.) Really terrific texture and fruit here, in the style of a just off-dry Vouvray. I'd like to come back to this impressive wine in a couple years.
  • L'Ecole 2015 'Frenchtown' Red Wine, Columbia Valley
    Vinous
    Rating: 88 (10/27/2017)

    Aromas of cassis, blackberry, licorice, wild herbs and violet convey a slight crushed-fruit character as well as menthol and herbal nuances; suggests a wide range of ripeness. Dense, fat, rather inky wine with blackberry, blueberry and menthol flavors and a salty element. Finishes a touch tart, with slightly drying tannins. This wine is bottled during the summer following the vintage and then held back at the winery for at least six months prior to release.
  • L'Ecole 2014 Merlot, Columbia Valley
    Vinous
    Rating: 89 (10/27/2017)

    Inky aromas of black raspberry, bitter chocolate, mint and menthol. Plush, bright and broad, with boysenberry and black fruit flavors enlivened by firm acidity and herb and spice nuances. The small Malbec component brings a touch of mint while the Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot spice up the wine and enhance its aromatics. Finishes dry and persistent, with dusty tannins.
  • L'Ecole 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley
    Vinous
    Rating: 91 (10/27/2017)

    Very ripe aromas of black cherry, cassis, dark chocolate, espresso and oak spices are lifted by a violet topnote. Dense, layered, warm-year Cabernet with fruit-dominated flavors of blackberry, cassis, plum and coffee. The tannins arrive late but are quite chewy and serious. This is L'Ecole No. 41's largest-production wine and a big success in 2014.
  • L'Ecole 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley
    Vinous
    Rating: 91+ (10/27/2017)

    Deep, varietally expressive aromas of cassis, minerals, fresh sage, tobacco leaf, mocha and brown spices, complicated by a lower-toned earthy element. Densely packed, very dry and vinous, offering a firm core of dark fruit, spice and leather flavors; more savory and herbal than the Columbia Valley Cabernet, which Clubb attributes to the Seven Hills fruit. Conveys a distinctly dark, rich profile but this classically styled wine will need time for its slightly disjointed acids and tannins to knit. I suspect this will be suaver in the long run than the Columbia Valley example.
  • L'Ecole 2014 'Perigee' Estate Bordeaux Blend, Seven Hills Vineyard, Walla Walla Valley
    Vinous
    Rating: 93 (10/27/2017)

    Pretty perfume of cassis, black cherry, lavender, licorice and cedar. Large-scaled, velvety and dry; conveys a sweeter, more pliant impression than most of the foregoing wines, no doubt partly due to the silky richness of the Merlot component, but also boasts terrific vinosity. Inky blackberry and violet flavors are complicated by minerality. Suave, fine-grained tannins arrive late and harmonize well with the wine's ripe acidity. I find this a bit sweeter and richer today than the 2013 was at the same stage.
  • L'Ecole 2014 Ferguson Vineyard, Walla Walla Valley
    Vinous
    Rating: 93+ (10/27/2017)

    Rich, complex scents of blackcurrant, minerals, chocolate, wild herbs, cedar, tobacco and smoky oak. Fat and sweet but juicy too, showing lovely mineral energy to the dark fruit and tobacco flavors. A floral component adds lift and dimension to the wine. Dusty noble tannins reach the front teeth. This is still a baby but is not at all austere even today. Clubb noted that winemaker Mike Sharon is especially gentle with this wine as it's very easy to overextract.