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 2016 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley Login AG 88 JD 89 <1 Case
L'Ecole No. 41 2017 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley New! Login In Stock
L'Ecole No. 41 2017 Old Vine Chenin Blanc, Columbia Valley Login AG 90 In Stock
L'Ecole No. 41 2016 Semillon, Columbia Valley Login WA 87 JD 89 In Stock
L'Ecole No. 41 2015 'Luminesce' White Bordeaux Blend, Seven Hills Vineyard, Walla Walla Valley Login AG 91 WA 90 In Stock
L'Ecole No. 41 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley Login WA 90 WS 91 AG 91+ JD 89 In Stock
L'Ecole No. 41 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley Login JD 91 In Stock
L'Ecole No. 41 2015 Merlot, Columbia Valley Login WA 89 AG 89 JD 88 In Stock
L'Ecole No. 41 2016 'Frenchtown' Red Wine, Columbia Valley Login AG 88 In Stock
L'Ecole No. 41 2014 'Apogee' Bordeaux Blend, Pepper Bridge Vineyard, Walla Walla Valley Login WA 94 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 2015 Ferguson Vineyard, Walla Walla Valley Login AG 93 JD 95 In Stock
L'Ecole No. 41 2016 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 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."

Reviews

  • L'Ecole 2014 'Apogee' Bordeaux Blend, Pepper Bridge Vineyard, Walla Walla Valley
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 94 (6/30/2017)

    The most sweetly fruited, voluptuous and hedonist in the lineup, the 2014 Apogee Pepperbridge Vineyard is made from a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot, 15% Malbec and 4% Cabernet Franc. Sweet blackcurrants, licorice, crushed rocks and graphite notes flow to a sweetly fruited, full-bodied, pleasure bent beauty that has enough baby fat to warrant short term cellaring. It's going to have two decades of overall longevity.
  • L'Ecole 2015 'Luminesce' White Bordeaux Blend, Seven Hills Vineyard, Walla Walla Valley
    Vinous
    Rating: 91 (11/30/2016)

    Very pure, Sauvignon-dominated aromas of lemon zest, white peach, minerals and crushed stone lifted by high notes of orange blossom and honey. Slightly warm, fat and seamless given shape by harmonious acidity.
  • L'Ecole 2015 'Luminesce' White Bordeaux Blend, Seven Hills Vineyard, Walla Walla Valley
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 90 (6/1/2017)

    A killer value that comes from the estate Seven Hills Vineyard, the 2015 Walla Walla Valley White (equal parts Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc) from L'Ecole No. 41 is clean and crisp, with classic honeyed minerality, citrus and spice aromas and flavors, medium-bodied richness and clean, classy profile on the palate.
  • L'Ecole 2016 Semillon, Columbia Valley
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 87 (6/29/2018)

    The 2016 Columbia Valley Sémillon exhibits aromas of waxy lemon rind, followed by a medium-bodied, moderately textural, open-knit white that's clean and correct in every respect. For the modest tariff, it represents a definite success, and given Sémillon's capacity to age, it might even surprise with a year or two in the cellar.
  • L'Ecole 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 90 (6/29/2018)

    Wafting from the glass with notes of pencil shavings, black currants, dried herbs and loamy soil, the 2015 Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is medium-bodied, nicely concentrated and layered, with a good core of fruit, fine-grained but youthfully firm structuring tannins and a sappy finish. It's a persuasively characterful and complete wine from a challenging vintage.
  • L'Ecole 2015 Merlot, Columbia Valley
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 89 (6/29/2018)

    Aromas of currant fruit and fruitcake, framed by cedary new oak, introduce the 2015 Columbia Valley Merlot, a medium-bodied, supple wine with juicy acids and a clean, oak-inflected finish.
  • L'Ecole 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley
    The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 91 (10/15/2018)

    Sleek and precise, with expressive blackberry, espresso and licorice flavors that take on richness toward the refined tannins. Drink now through 2024.
  • L'Ecole 2017 Old Vine Chenin Blanc, Columbia Valley
    Vinous
    Rating: 90 (11/15/2018)

    Pale, bright yellow. Waxy lemon and grapefruit aromas are complemented by honey and flowers. Offers strong yellow fruit intensity and good cut thanks to firm framing acidity.
  • L'Ecole 2016 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley
    Vinous
    Rating: 88 (10/1/2017)

    Stone fruit, apple and orange zest aromas are complemented by spicy, smoky oak. Supple, easygoing, fruit-driven Chardonnay with a sweetness to its apricot and brown spice flavors; with air, more tropical fruits emerged. Perhaps not as exotic or warm as the 2015 release, but this vintage does not yet show that wine's savory mineral character or complexity.
  • L'Ecole 2016 'Frenchtown' Red Wine, Columbia Valley
    Vinous
    Rating: 88 (11/15/2018)

    Very spicy aromas of cassis, licorice and fresh herbs. Supple and distinctly spicy, with enough supporting sweetness of berry fruit to support its licorice and herb elements. Finishes with a fine dusting of tannins and good length. This would make a good by-the-glass pour for a restaurant.
  • L'Ecole 2015 Merlot, Columbia Valley
    Vinous
    Rating: 89 (11/15/2018)

    Aromas of cassis, blackberry, cocoa powder, licorice and chocolatey oak. Silky-sweet but with lovely acidity and a note of violet lifting the dark berry, herb and chocolate flavors. Finishes with building, tongue-coating tannins and very good length. Serious Merlot. (
  • L'Ecole 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley
    Vinous
    Rating: 91+ (11/15/2018)

    Brooding, slightly inky blackberry and cassis aromas. Rich, plush and sweet, with terrific dark berry ripeness complicated by classic claret-like herb and tobacco nuances. The most graceful of these 2015 reds to this point but also boasts terrific depth. The team eliminated the Rocks component of this wine in 2015, as they found it too stewy. Finishes sappy, chewy and very long, with firm acidity and big, palate-staining tannins.
  • 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 Ferguson Vineyard, Walla Walla Valley
    Vinous
    Rating: 93 (11/15/2018)

    Alluring scents of cassis, mocha, coffee and tobacco leaf, plus a hint of brown spices. Quite fine-grained and stylish but a bit youthfully imploded, conveying an impression of density without weight. The challenge in 2015 was to keep the wine's phenolics in check, noted owner Clubb, who admitted that a couple of the earlier vintages of this bottling may have been overextracted even if they're aging nicely. This site enjoys a long growing season and yields thick-skinned grapes and powerful phenolic structure.
  • L'Ecole 2015 Ferguson Vineyard, Walla Walla Valley
    Jeb Dunnuck
    Rating: 95 (4/5/2018)

    The 2015 Estate Ferguson Vineyard checks in as a blend of 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 7% Cab Franc, and 7% Malbec that spent 22 months in 50% new oak. It's the smallest production release of the top cuvées and comes from a single vineyard in the Walla Walla Valley. Currants, smoke, graphite, toasty oak and a kiss of tobacco leaf all define this ripe, opulent, gorgeously pure and layered red. With a big mid-palate, sweet tannin, and a great finish, it's a beautiful wine from this estate that can be drunk today or cellaring for 10-15 years.
  • 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 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley
    Jeb Dunnuck
    Rating: 89 (4/5/2018)

    The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley (22 months in 30% new French oak) is another rich, textured, gorgeously layered beauty that offers loads of bang for the buck. Chocolate, spice, black fruits, and a touch of scorched earth all flow to a medium to full-bodied, supple, nicely textured Cabernet Sauvignon that's impeccably balanced. Drink it over the coming 7-8 years.
  • L'Ecole 2015 Merlot, Columbia Valley
    Jeb Dunnuck
    Rating: 88 (4/5/2018)

    The base Merlot from this great estate is the 2015 Merlot Columbia Valley, which spent 18 months in 25% new French oak. Black cherries, passion fruits, violets, and leafy herbs all emerge from this medium-bodied, balanced, deliciously gulpable Merlot that's ideal for drinking over the coming 4-5 years.
  • L'Ecole 2016 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley
    Jeb Dunnuck
    Rating: 89 (4/5/2018)

    Buttered apple, brioche, and honeysuckle notes all emerge from the 2016 Chardonnay Columbia Valley, a richer, classic Chardonnay to drink over the coming year or so. At 22 bucks, it's a good value.
  • L'Ecole 2016 Semillon, Columbia Valley
    Jeb Dunnuck
    Rating: 89 (4/5/2018)

    The 2016 Semillon (there's 14% Sauvignon Blanc) is another fine white. Candied limes, citrus blossom, and a hint of honeysuckle emerge from this medium-bodied, balanced, textured white that has loads of fruit, yet finishes cleanly. It too is a good value.