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 2017 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley Login AG 89 WS 88 JD 87 In Stock
L'Ecole No. 41 2018 Old Vine Chenin Blanc, Columbia Valley Login In Stock
L'Ecole No. 41 2017 Semillon, Columbia Valley Login WS 88 JD 87 In Stock
L'Ecole No. 41 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley New! Login WS 90 In Stock
L'Ecole No. 41 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley Login JD 91 <1 Case
L'Ecole No. 41 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley New! Login In Stock
L'Ecole No. 41 (375 ml) 2017 Merlot Columbia Valley Login In Stock
L'Ecole No. 41 2016 Merlot, Columbia Valley Login JD 90 WS 89 In Stock
L'Ecole No. 41 2016 'Frenchtown' Red Wine, Columbia Valley Login AG 88 In Stock
L'Ecole No. 41 2017 'Frenchtown' Red Wine, Columbia Valley New! Login 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 In Stock
L'Ecole No. 41 2016 Syrah, Columbia Valley Login JD 90 In Stock
L'Ecole No. 41 2017 Syrah, Columbia Valley New! 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 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 '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 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley
    Vinous
    Rating: 89 (11/1/2018)

    Fresh scents of peach, soft citrus fruits, lemon oil and spices. At once lightly glyceral and lively, conveying an enticing, savory umami quality to its smooth stone fruit and spice flavors. Finishes tactile and persistent, with a faint sweetness countered by salinity. I'd opt to enjoy this wine in its youth.
  • L'Ecole 2017 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley
    The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 88 (3/31/2019)

    Sleek and snappy, with easygoing lemon and spiced apple flavors. Drink now.
  • 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 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley
    Jeb Dunnuck
    Rating: 87 (4/11/2019)

    Classic, with plenty of orchard fruits, spice, and white flower notes, the 2017 Chardonnay is nicely textured, balanced, charming, and delicious. Drink it over the coming couple of years.
  • 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 2016 Merlot, Columbia Valley
    Jeb Dunnuck
    Rating: 90 (4/11/2019)

    The 2016 Merlot checks in as a blend of 78% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Franc, and 3% each of Malbec and Petit Verdot. It's a charmer from this team that has loads of fruit and richness as well as balance, and offers lovely dark fruits and leafy herb aromas and flavors. With no hard edges and a great finish, it's a smoking value to drink over the coming 7-8 years.
  • L'Ecole 2016 Syrah, Columbia Valley
    Jeb Dunnuck
    Rating: 90 (4/11/2019)

    A blend of 78% Syrah, 20% Grenache, and 2% Mourvèdre, the 2016 Syrah is a juicy, forward, delicious effort that has loads to love. Black raspberries, candied cherries, and leafy herbs notes all flow to a medium to full-bodied, nicely balanced, enjoyable red that's ideal for drinking over the coming 3-4 years.
  • L'Ecole 2016 Merlot, Columbia Valley
    The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 89 (7/31/2019)

    Offers a lively structure, with black cherry, tarragon and toasted spice flavors that build tension toward a slight bite of tannins. Best from 2020 through 2026.
  • L'Ecole 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley
    The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 90 (7/31/2019)

    Precise and well-built, with elegantly expressive black cherry, dusty dried herb and spice flavors that linger toward polished tannins. Drink now through 2026. 6,600 cases made.