L'Ecole No. 41

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

Items

L'Ecole No. 41 2018 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley Login AG 87 WA 89 In Stock
L'Ecole No. 41 2019 Old Vine Chenin Blanc, Columbia Valley Login WA 90 In Stock
L'Ecole No. 41 2017 Semillon, Columbia Valley Login WS 88 JD 87 WA 87 <1 Case
L'Ecole No. 41 2018 Semillon, Columbia Valley Login JD 90 AG 89 WS 89 WA 87 In Stock
L'Ecole No. 41 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley Login JD 91 WA 89 In Stock
L'Ecole No. 41 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley Login WE 92 JD 89 WS 90 WA 89 In Stock
L'Ecole No. 41 (375 ml) 2017 Merlot, Columbia Valley Login JD 88 In Stock
L'Ecole No. 41 2017 Merlot, Columbia Valley Login JD 88 WA 88 In Stock
L'Ecole No. 41 2018 'Frenchtown' Red Wine, Columbia Valley Login JD 87 WS 90 In Stock
L'Ecole No. 41 2015 'Perigee' Estate Bordeaux Blend, Seven Hills Vineyard, Walla Walla Valley Login AG 92+ JD 94 In Stock
L'Ecole No. 41 2016 Ferguson Vineyard, Walla Walla Valley Login JD 95 AG 95 WA 90 In Stock
L'Ecole No. 41 2017 Syrah, Columbia Valley Login WA 88 JD 90 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 vegan. No egg whites or fish by-products are used in fining.

Jeb Dunnuck 4/5/2018
"Winemakers Marty Clubb and Mike Sharon are behind this impeccably run estate, which is one of the few in Washington that sees good distribution in the United States. Their entry-level wines are always impeccably made and great values, and their top tier releases can compete with the best of Washington State."


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."


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Reviews

  • L'Ecole 2015 'Perigee' Estate Bordeaux Blend, Seven Hills Vineyard, Walla Walla Valley
    Vinous
    Rating: 92+ (11/15/2018)

    Penetrating perfume of cassis, licorice, chocolate, herbs and tobacco, plus a cedary note that's typical of the site and a hint of blackberry from the Petit Verdot. Chewy, very rich wine with terrific inner-mouth energy and subtle violet, laurel and rose petal lift from the Cabernet Franc. The longest and most palate-staining of these 2015 reds to this point, with the late-arriving tannins coating the teeth without turning dry. Marty Clubb mentioned that this wine historically was from the highest or the oldest block in Seven Hills but that with more sites to choose from today, he now has more options for making this wine.
  • L'Ecole 2015 'Perigee' Estate Bordeaux Blend, Seven Hills Vineyard, Walla Walla Valley
    Jeb Dunnuck
    Rating: 94 (4/5/2018)

    The 2015 Estate Perigee Seven Hills Vineyard checks in as a blend of 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc, and the rest Malbec and Petit Verdot, aged 22 months in 40% new French oak. It sports a deep purple color as well as terrific notes of ripe plums, violets, blueberries, incense and lead pencil. Pure, beautifully concentrated, layered and elegant, it's another beautiful wine from this team that's made in good quantities.
  • L'Ecole 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley
    Jeb Dunnuck
    Rating: 91 (4/5/2018)

    A small step up in quality over the Columbia Valley release, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley (22 months in 40% new French oak) offers more purity and elegance as well as terrific notes of blackcurrants, tobacco leaf, damp earth, and chocolate. This medium to full-bodied, elegant, silky beauty has sweet tannin, integrated acidity, and a great finish. It's outstanding stuff.
  • L'Ecole 2017 Semillon, Columbia Valley
    The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 88 (3/31/2019)

    Crisp and vibrant, with lemon, beeswax and spice flavors. Drink now.
  • L'Ecole 2017 Semillon, Columbia Valley
    Jeb Dunnuck
    Rating: 87 (4/11/2019)

    The 2017 Semillon (there's 15% Sauvignon Blanc in the blend) was barrel fermented and aged all in French oak. This medium gold-colored effort has some caramelized citrus, honeysuckle, and brioche characteristics, medium body, good purity, and a clean, crisp finish. It's well-made, easy-drinking, and unquestionably enjoyable.
  • L'Ecole 2016 Ferguson Vineyard, Walla Walla Valley
    Jeb Dunnuck
    Rating: 95 (4/11/2019)

    Incorporating the most Cabernet Sauvignon of the three top tier releases, the 2016 Estate Ferguson Ferguson Vineyard is 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, and the balance Cabernet Franc and Malbec, all aged in 50% new barrels. It's a full-bodied, powerful wine that has a distinct salinity and a marine-like note in its red and black fruits, spice, crushed rocks, and cedar aromas and flavors. Full-bodied, concentrated, and structured, it nevertheless has the charming, balanced, layered style of the vintage front and center. It too has good acidity and is going to benefit from 3-4 years of bottle age.
  • L'Ecole 2018 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley
    Vinous
    Rating: 87 (12/3/2019)

    White peach, citrus zest, orange blossom and a touch of spices on the fresh if subdued nose. Brisk and clean but a tad skinny on the middle palate, with very dry flavors of white stone fruits, herbs, menthol and white pepper. Shows an umami salinity and softened a bit with air but doesn't have the concentration or persistence of the 2017 version.
  • L'Ecole 2016 Ferguson Vineyard, Walla Walla Valley
    Vinous
    Rating: 95 (12/3/2019)

    Aromas of blackberry, dark chocolate, musky tobacco and pungent minerality are lifted by a floral note, plus a hint of brown spices that may come from some iron in the soil (basalt decays into clay, notes Clubb, and here the clay is red and rich in iron). Boasts lovely inner-mouth sweetness and silkiness of texture, with its purple and black fruit flavors lifted by spices and showing a superb light touch. Perhaps most impressive on the wonderfully spreading back end, where the suave tannins are totally buffered by the wine's mid-palate material (Clubb does a gentler extraction for this fruit, as the berries are tiny and thick-skinned, and typically come in with the highest natural acidity of any of the winery's sites in Walla Walla Valley.)
  • L'Ecole 2018 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 89 (5/21/2020)

    With an open nose of oak aromas, peaches and pineapple, the 2018 Columbia Valley Chardonnay has apples and citrus blossoms that waft from the glass. Medium-bodied, the palate has a focused and classic expression of ripe tropical and citrus fruits that are balanced by oak and notes of freshly buttered banana bread. The wine ends with a pleasing and lingering finish. This is a great value. It's certainly worth the price of admission.
  • L'Ecole 2017 Syrah, Columbia Valley
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 88 (5/21/2020)

    The 2017 Syrah Columbia Valley is blended with 21% Grenache and 2% Mourvedre and begins with classic, straightforward Syrah aromas of blackberry, dark plum and soft black spices on the nose. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is balanced but leaves me wanting more complexity across the mid-palate and ends with an uncomplicated finish.
  • L'Ecole 2017 Semillon, Columbia Valley
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 87 (5/21/2020)

    Blended with 15% Sauvignon Blanc, the 2017 Sémillon Columbia Valley has tropical fruits with waxy citrus stones in the glass. Full-bodied, the palate is clean with a slightly nutty and leesy expression before showing a crisp appearance with a soft white spiced phenolic bitterness akin to arugula or endive. It ends with a lingering expression of lemon peel and pineapple husk on the finish. This is a value at this price.
  • L'Ecole 2016 Ferguson Vineyard, Walla Walla Valley
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 90 (5/21/2020)

    The 2016 Ferguson Vineyard is a blend of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot and 6% each of Cabernet Franc and Malbec. Beginning with dark blackberry tones with slightly tart red plum on the nose, the wine has aromas of dusty bell pepper and cherry blossom in the glass. Medium to full-bodied, the palate has a tannic grip upfront with tart red fruit flavors that sway with notions of oak and finesse before lingering with a focused and complex finish. Give this one more year in bottle before popping. It’s a lovely wine and will last for a decade, on.
  • L'Ecole 2017 Syrah, Columbia Valley
    Jeb Dunnuck
    Rating: 90 (4/15/2020)

    This estate continues to make classic, impeccably balanced wines, which almost always represent a great value. The 2017 Syrah is a great example, offering classic blackberry fruits as well as ample peppery herbs and floral nuances, medium to full body, a ripe yet also fresh style, and a great finish. It's ideal for enjoying over the coming 4-6 years.
  • L'Ecole (375 ml) 2017 Merlot, Columbia Valley
    Jeb Dunnuck
    Rating: 88 (4/15/2020)

    The value-priced 2017 Merlot Columbia Valley is a charmer, offering loads of red and black fruits as well as spicy, toasty, herbal nuances. Ripe, medium-bodied, and beautifully textured, it's a no-brainer purchase year in and year out. Drink this classy Merlot over the coming 5-7 years.
  • L'Ecole 2018 Semillon, Columbia Valley
    Jeb Dunnuck
    Rating: 90 (4/15/2020)

    The medium gold-hued 2018 Semillon offers a ripe, concentrated style that carries lots of stone fruit and honeyed white flower aromatics as well as a medium-bodied, textured, beautifully balanced style on the palate. It's another terrific Semillon from Washington that does everything right. It's not the most complex white out there, but it's a screaming deal at the price. It will shine on the dinner table.
  • L'Ecole 2018 Semillon, Columbia Valley
    Vinous
    Rating: 89 (12/3/2019)

    Hints of buttery lees and toast along with stone fruits, honeysuckle and a touch of soft baking spices on the ripe nose. Nicely concentrated and deep, with ripe acidity giving shape to the wine's stone fruit and citrus flavors. The fleshy Semillon is nicely cut by the Sauvignon Blanc component. Plenty ripe but dry, finishing with a suggestion of positive bitterness. With more shape and grip than the 2017 version, this is a lot of wine for $15.
  • L'Ecole 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley
    Wine Enthusiast
    Rating: 92 (9/1/2020)

    The aromas draw you into the glass, with notes of blackberry, graphite, dried herb and dark chocolate, with the oak making an impression. The flavors are rich, the acidity high, and the tannins bring a firm grip. It needs time in the cellar to all settle in and come together, but it has all of the stuffing to deliver. Best after 2024 with a long life beyond that.
  • L'Ecole 2018 'Frenchtown' Red Wine, Columbia Valley
    Jeb Dunnuck
    Rating: 87 (4/15/2020)

    A mix of Bordeaux and Rhone varieties brought up in neutral oak, the 2018 Frenchtown has a juicy, upfront style as well as notes of redcurrants, tobacco, and cedary herbs. Nicely textured, medium-bodied, and already hard to resist, it would make a terrific house red for drinking over the coming couple of years.
  • L'Ecole 2017 Merlot, Columbia Valley
    Jeb Dunnuck
    Rating: 88 (4/15/2020)

    The value-priced 2017 Merlot Columbia Valley is a charmer, offering loads of red and black fruits as well as spicy, toasty, herbal nuances. Ripe, medium-bodied, and beautifully textured, it's a no-brainer purchase year in and year out. Drink this classy Merlot over the coming 5-7 years.
  • L'Ecole 2017 Estate Merlot, Walla Walla Valley
    Jeb Dunnuck
    Rating: 90 (4/15/2020)

    Slightly more expensive, the 2017 Merlot Walla Walla Valley (79% Merlot, 17% Cabernet Franc, and 4% Cabernet Sauvignon) comes from the estate and reveals a similar purple hue as well as plump, round, opulent notes of black cherries, blackberries, dried tobacco, chocolate, and loamy soil. Ripe, rounded, beautifully textured, and balanced, it has the class to keep for a decade or more if you're so inclined.
  • L'Ecole 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley
    Jeb Dunnuck
    Rating: 89 (4/15/2020)

    All Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley offers a more rounded, earthy style in its blackcurrant, tobacco, chocolate, damp earth, and chocolate aromas and flavors. Rich, medium to full-bodied, and nicely textured on the palate, it's more tannic and chewy than the Columbia Valley effort and will benefit from 2-3 years of bottle age.
  • L'Ecole 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley
    Jeb Dunnuck
    Rating: 91 (4/15/2020)

    Plenty of cassis, damp earth, lead pencil, and leafy, tobacco-laced herbal notes emerge from the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley, which is medium to full-bodied and has beautiful purity, fine tannins, and a great finish. It's another Bordeaux style Cabernet Sauvignon from this estate that can be drunk today or cellared for over a decade. The Columbia Valley release is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon that was brought up all in French oak, 25% being new.
  • L'Ecole 2018 'Frenchtown' Red Wine, Columbia Valley
    The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 90 (8/31/2020)

    Supple and vibrant, with expressive red currant, fresh violet and spiced cinnamon accents that build structure toward polished tannins. Drink now through 2025.
  • L'Ecole 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley
    The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 90 (8/31/2020)

    Rich and structured, with polished red currant, espresso and spice flavors that build tension toward big but refined tannins. Best from 2021 through 2028.
  • L'Ecole 2018 Semillon, Columbia Valley
    The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 89 (8/31/2020)

    Fleshy and supple, with delicate accents of beeswax and apricot that linger on the finish. Drink now.
  • L'Ecole 2019 Old Vine Chenin Blanc, Columbia Valley
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 90 (10/22/2020)

    The 2019 Chenin Blanc Old Vines begins with a vibrant and floral nose, opening to aromas of white peach, sweet citrus, green apple and underripe pear, plus pineapple tones with a soft dusty minerality. Medium-bodied, the wine is expressive on the palate with lively acidity, a citrus-laced mouthfeel and balanced structure. Concluding with a lingering finish, a persistent and energetic acidity remains with a citrus blossom essence. This wine may represent the best value in all of Washington State.
  • L'Ecole 2018 Semillon, Columbia Valley
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 87 (10/22/2020)

    Beginning with nutty aromas and bruised apple skin on the nose, the 2018 Columbia Valley Sémillon wafts with notions of peanut shell and macerated peaches. Medium to full-bodied, the wine is open-knit and ready for consumption and ends with a lingering finish that exhibits elevated alcohol, leaving me wanting more acidity.
  • L'Ecole 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 89 (10/22/2020)

    Displaying dark fruit on the tight and subdued nose, there is a rigidity to the fruit condition of the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla, with aromas of dark plum skin and dusty purple flowers. Medium to full-bodied, the wine grips the palate with a tannic structure and doesn’t let go. The wine continues to linger with a tannic edge as the fruit components of the wine take a back seat, leaving me wanting more finesse and focus.
  • L'Ecole 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 89 (10/22/2020)

    With a dense, dark-fruited core, the 2017 Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon has aromas of blackberry and cassis with an herbaceous undertone and soft dusty character. Medium to full-bodied, the wine has a tight mouthfeel with grainy tannins that follow a condensed dark-fruit profile. Lingering with a tight tannic edge, subtle baking spices and bitter dark chocolate flavors remain on the finish.
  • L'Ecole 2017 Estate Merlot, Walla Walla Valley
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 89+ (10/22/2020)

    Dark-berried and expressive, the 2017 Merlot Walla Walla Valley opens with aromas of plum reduction and blackberry jus plus elements of dark cherry skin, touches of sage, wet river rocks and damson flowers. Medium to full-bodied, the wine is full and vibrant with a lifting tannic frame, balanced structure and an elegant blackberry essence as the wine concludes with a soft tannic grip and flavors of bitter dark chocolate.
  • L'Ecole 2017 Merlot, Columbia Valley
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 88 (10/22/2020)

    Blended with 14% Cabernet Franc, 3% Malbec and 2% a Petit Verdot, the 2017 Columbia Valley Merlot is dark ruby colored at the core with a soft purple rim. Dense and chewy aromas of plum preserves and blackberry jus flutter out of the glass with a note of fresh rain on the sidewalk. Medium-bodied, the wine is tannic and feels like it’s been pushed too far and has lost some of its sincerity before ending with a gripping tannic finish and elevated alcohol expression.