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

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L'Ecole No. 41 2015 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley Login AG 88 WS 88
L'Ecole No. 41 2015 Old Vine Chenin Blanc, Columbia Valley Login WE 90 AG 89 In Stock
L'Ecole No. 41 2015 Semillon, Columbia Valley Login In Stock
L'Ecole No. 41 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley Login WS 89 AG 89+ In Stock
L'Ecole No. 41 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley Login WS 92 In Stock
L'Ecole No. 41 2013 Merlot, Columbia Valley Login WE 91 AG 89 In Stock
L'Ecole No. 41 2015 'Frenchtown' Red Wine, Columbia Valley Login In Stock
L'Ecole No. 41 2014 'Apogee' Bordeaux Blend, Pepper Bridge Vineyard, Walla Walla Valley Login In Stock
L'Ecole No. 41 2013 'Perigee' Estate Bordeaux Blend, Seven Hills Vineyard, Walla Walla Valley Login AG 91+ In Stock
L'Ecole No. 41 2013 Syrah, Columbia Valley Login WS 92 AG 89 <1 Case
L'Ecole No. 41 2014 Syrah, Columbia Valley Login In Stock

L'Ecole No.41 has been producing premium handcrafted varietal wines in the Walla Walla Valley since 1983 within the cellars of the historic Frenchtown School in Lowden, Washington. A family-owned business, L'Ecole No. 41 was founded by Jean and Baker Ferguson. Today, the winery is owned and operated by their daughter and son-in-law, Megan and Martin Clubb. The winery was built in 1915, the schoolhouse is located in historic Frenchtown, a small community just west of Walla Walla. Frenchtown derived its name from the many French-Canadians who settled the valley during the early 1800's. Legend has it, these men of French descent were raising grapes and producing wine. By the 1860's, nurseries, vineyards and winemaking had become a part of the regions growing economy. The name - L'Ecole No 41 French for "the school" located in district number 41 - was chosen to salute these pioneer viticulture efforts.

L'Ecole No. 41 is known for producing superior quality wines that are rich, flavorful and full-bodied. Their dedication to making premium varietal wines begins by obtaining the highest quality fruit. Recent vineyard investments and long-standing relationships with some of the most distinguished growers in the regions have provided them with the viticultural management critical to fine winemaking. Instrumental to their success is their philosophy of traditional hands-on winemaking. Harvesting ripe fruit, use of a gravity fed crusher and gentle press operations limit the use of abusive pumps. Flavor and tannin extraction are further controlled by hand punchdowns during fermentation. In combination, these techniques allow limited or no red wine fining and filtration.

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

Rated Top 100 Wineries of the Year by Wine & Spirits 10/15/2015
Rated Top 100 Wineries of the Year by Wine & Spirits 11/30/2013
Rated Top 100 Wineries of the Year by Wine & Spirits 10/15/2010
Rated Top 100 Wineries of the Year by Wine & Spirits Winter 2011


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Reviews

  • L'Ecole 2013 Syrah, Columbia Valley
    The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 92 (4/6/2016)

    Firm and chewy around a glowing core of blackberry, blueberry and white pepper flavors, this medium-weight style remains focused and spicy. Best from 2017 through 2021.
  • L'Ecole 2013 Merlot, Columbia Valley
    Wine Enthusiast
    Rating: 91 (7/1/2016)

    A variety of top sites are blended together for this wine, including Seven Hills, Bacchus, Dionysus, Klipsun and Pepper Bridge. It offers bright aromas of raspberries and chocolate, with herb and floral accents. The palate is flavorful and full, delivering a lot of enjoyment, with the tannins adding some heft.
  • L'Ecole 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley
    The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 89 (7/31/2016)

    Fresh, inviting and expressive, layering fine tannins on a core of raspberry and cherry fruit, picking up red pepper notes as the finish lingers. Best from 2017 through 2021.
  • L'Ecole 2015 Old Vine Chenin Blanc, Columbia Valley
    Wine Enthusiast
    Rating: 90 (11/1/2016)

    This wine comes from vineyards planted in the late 1970s. It shows pleasing aromas of Bosc pear, melon and flowers. The wine tastes a hair off dry, with a full, appealing feel to the apple and passion fruit flavors.”
  • L'Ecole 2015 Old Vine Chenin Blanc, Columbia Valley
    Vinous
    Rating: 89 (11/30/2016)

    Bright, light lemon-yellow. Pungent minty high tones to the aromas of ripe peach and flowers. Fresh and clean if not especially complex in the mouth, offering attractive floral perfume and texture. Comes across as quite dry; in fact, this wine is carrying 3.4 grams per liter of residual sugar, which Clubb said is low for this bottling, which comes from vines he describes as "almost immune to the weather in terms of pH, acidity and harvest dates." This fruit is among the last to be picked each year and the wine is the first to be bottled.
  • L'Ecole 2015 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley
    Vinous
    Rating: 88 (11/30/2016)

    Aromas of stone and orchard fruits complicated by nutty, smoky and mineral nuances. Peach flesh and pit flavors are firmed by a solid mineral underpinning, which also serves to buffer the wine's 14.5% alcohol. An umami-like savory quality should enhance this wine's potential at the dinner table. Finishes spicy, broad and a touch warm, with a slightly candied fruit salad quality and decent length.
  • L'Ecole 2013 Merlot, Columbia Valley
    Vinous
    Rating: 89 (11/30/2016)

    Good spicy lift to the aromas of huckleberry, blueberry, black cherry, mint and menthol, plus a hint of tart pomegranate. Juicy, spicy and energetic; as much red fruit in character as black. Finishes a bit muscular, with firm tannins, a note of bitter chocolate and good savory length. Seven Hills is the largest single component in the blend.
  • L'Ecole 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley
    Vinous
    Rating: 89+ (11/30/2016)

    Bright ruby-red. Medicinal black cherry, cassis, licorice, menthol and a light weedy note on the nose, lifted by a violet nuance. Then rich and surprisingly pliant in the middle palate, with sweet flavors of black cherry, cassis, blackberry and sage accented by herbs and baking spices. Turns considerably drier on the back end, where the plum and spice flavors are currently cut off by firm tannins. But this Cabernet has the energy to reward cellaring.
  • L'Ecole 2013 'Perigee' Estate Bordeaux Blend, Seven Hills Vineyard, Walla Walla Valley
    Vinous
    Rating: 91+ (11/30/2016)

    Bright red-ruby. Perfumed, inviting nose combines cassis, black cherry, blackberry, licorice, bitter chocolate and violet, along with a distinct herbal element and good savory lift. Wonderfully juicy and fine-grained but quite reticent; possesses lovely texture even if the wine is a bit hermetic today. This penetrating, youthfully medicinal blend combines firm acidity and strong saline minerality. Finishes with somewhat rough tannins that will require patience--and yet this wine is still a bit more delicate than the Apogee. Marty Clubb noted that the big expansion in Seven Hills took place in 1997 and 1998, so these vines are now beginning to mature. The older vines are planted along a north-south axis, giving less even ripening. Incidentally, there's 12 to 15 feet of accumulated loess here on top of the flood silts.
  • L'Ecole 2013 Syrah, Columbia Valley
    Vinous
    Rating: 89 (11/30/2016)

    Bright red-ruby. Wild, slightly reduced scents of blackberry, raspberry, bitter chocolate, clove oil and dusty spices. Densely packed, juicy and clean, offering good intensity to its savory black fruit flavors. Finishes with an edge of acidity and a firm spine of essentially seamless tannins.
  • L'Ecole 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley
    The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 92 (12/15/2016)

    Broad and open-textured, brimming with cherry, blackberry, floral and licorice flavors. The finish gains lift and momentum against buffed, fine-grained tannins. Has presence and an earthy tinge. Best from 2018 through 2023.