L'Ecole No. 41
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.
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