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

Items

L'Ecole No. 41 2015 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley Login AG 88 WA 89 In Stock
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 WS 88 WA 89 In Stock
L'Ecole No. 41 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley Login WS 89 AG 89+ On Order
L'Ecole No. 41 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley Login In Stock
L'Ecole No. 41 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley Login WS 92 In Stock
L'Ecole No. 41 2014 Merlot, Columbia Valley Login WA 89 WS 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 WA 94 <1 Case
L'Ecole No. 41 2013 'Perigee' Estate Bordeaux Blend, Seven Hills Vineyard, Walla Walla Valley Login AG 91+ In Stock
L'Ecole No. 41 2014 'Perigee' Estate Bordeaux Blend, Seven Hills Vineyard, Walla Walla Valley Login On Order
L'Ecole No. 41 2014 Ferguson Vineyard, Walla Walla Valley Login WA 95 In Stock
L'Ecole No. 41 2014 Syrah, Columbia Valley Login WS 91 WA 91 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 vegetarian. No egg whites or fish by-products are used in fining.

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 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 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 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.
  • L'Ecole 2015 Semillon, Columbia Valley
    The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 88 (4/30/2017)

    A snappy and expressive white, offering lively grapefruit, hay and spice flavors.
  • L'Ecole 2014 Syrah, Columbia Valley
    The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 91 (7/31/2017)

    Precise and harmonious, with layered raspberry, stony mineral and pepper notes framed by refined tannins. Drink now through 2023.
  • L'Ecole 2015 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 89 (6/30/2017)

    Fresh, clean and crisp, yet with plenty of richness in its honeyed peach, apple peal and spice aromas and flavors, the 2015 Columbia Valley Chardonnay is medium-bodied, fresh and balanced on the palate. You'd never know it's from a record breaking hot vintage.
  • L'Ecole 2015 Semillon, Columbia Valley
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 89 (6/30/2017)

    The value priced 2015 Columbia Valley Semillon from this terrific estate offers a reserved, honeyed mineral character as well as notes of buttered peach, medium-bodied richness, impeccable balance and a crisp, clean finish. Pair it with seafood and count yourself lucky.
  • 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 2014 Merlot, Columbia Valley
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 89 (6/30/2017)

    A terrific value is the 2014 Columbia Valley Merlot, which incorporates 10% Cabernet Franc, 7% Malbec and small splash of Petit Verdot. Notes of plums, licorice and chocolaty oak all emerge from this ripe, sexy, downright delicious red that has tons to love. It's ideal for drinking over the coming 3-5 years.
  • L'Ecole 2014 Syrah, Columbia Valley
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 91 (6/30/2017)

    I loved the 2014 Columbia Valley Syrah (there’s 20% Grenache in the blend) from this estate and it's a great value. Blueberry, pepper, crushed rock and plenty of spice all give way to a rich, textured, flavorful red that's ideal for drinking anytime over the coming 4-5 years, if not longer.
  • L'Ecole 2014 Ferguson Vineyard, Walla Walla Valley
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 95 (6/30/2017)

    My favorite of the three special cuvees, the 2014 Ferguson checks in as a blend of 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 6% Malbec. It knocks it out of the park with its dark, savory, mineral-laced fruit and is full-bodied, deep, rich and concentrated on the palate. This beautiful wine has building structure and ripe tannin, and it’s going to have two decades or more of longevity.
  • L'Ecole 2014 Merlot, Columbia Valley
    The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 89 (8/31/2017)

    Opens with expressive cherry and dark chocolate notes, slowly building persistence and a frame of tannins on the finish. Drink now through 2021.