Wine Review: 2003 Domaine Drouhin “Laurène” Dundee Hills Pinot Noir

Looking out over the vineyards at Domaine Drouhin

I have been in somewhat of an Oregon state of mind. So when time came to select a wine for Thanksgiving Day dinner, I gravitated toward the 2003 Domaine Drouhin Laurène Pinot Noir that I had brought back with me from the Wine Dine With Us visit to the Willamette Valley.  Our visit to Drouhin and the guided tour solidified our interest in Oregon and its Burgundian-inspired wines. And you really couldn’t have a stronger Burgundy-Willamette Valley connection than Domaine Drouhin, which was founded by the Robert Drouhin of Maison Joseph Drouhin.

I had looked longingly at the bottle countless times, but held off opening it since I thought that it would only improve with some age.  I was right…for the most part. The first word that comes to mind for the Laurène is elegant. It is not a wine that will overwhelm you by being overly ripe or heavily oaked.  An enticing combination of black cherry, herbs, light cedar, and spice are present in the nose and on the palate.  On its own, the acidity is still bright, lingering for quite some time, while the tannins have mellowed and are soft. At the dinner table, however, the wine loses out a bit to food and doesn’t stand up as well as I had hoped. So we set it aside to enjoy after the meal.  It remains a wonderful wine!

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Katrin is one of the co-founders of Wine Dine With Us. She enjoys sharing her love of wine on the blog, and is particularly fond of wines from Argentine, Alto Adige, and Germany. A lifelong environmentalist, Katrin has become increasingly interested in issues of sustainability in wine and food, local food production, biodynamics, and organic agriculture. When not drinking wine and writing about it, she is a nonprofit professional, specializing in fundraising and special events.

4 Responses to “Wine Review: 2003 Domaine Drouhin “Laurène” Dundee Hills Pinot Noir”

  1. November 26, 2010 at 8:30 am #

    Nice post Katrin. Oregon has also been stuck in my mind lately. Bordering on obsession.

    I hope you all had a Happy Thanksgiving.

    See you all soon.

  2. Glenn
    November 26, 2010 at 2:35 pm #

    I still have one bottle of this wine left – and I guess the time to open it is now. Thanks for the review. And I still have a bottle of the chardonnay.

  3. EE
    November 27, 2010 at 7:58 pm #

    I was just investigating their suggestions for when to enjoy and I noted they recommend: “The ‘03 Laurène has the structure for at least 10 years of aging but the lush texture that makes me happy to drink it now.”

  4. EE
    November 28, 2010 at 11:56 am #

    Clarification: based on the notes and the “at least” I was suggesting you chose the perfect moment to experience the Laurène.

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