2021 Nicolas-Jay, L'Ensemble, Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, Oregon, USA

2021 Nicolas-Jay, L'Ensemble, Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, Oregon, USA

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2021 Nicolas-Jay, L'Ensemble, Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, Oregon, USA

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Description

A jeweled ruby hue, the 2021 Pinot Noir L'Ensemble needs a little time to open in the glass before revealing aromas of fresh pine, ripe cherry liqueur, and toasted spice. Supple and medium to full-bodied, with ripe tannins, it delivers elegant freshness and wonderful purity through its long, mouthwatering, seamless finish. Drink 2025-2037.

This powerhouse team of Jean-Nicolas Méo of Méo Camuzet in Burgundy and music entrepreneur Jay Boberg are producing some incredible and exciting Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in the Willamette Valley. The following wines were tasted at their new tasting room facility in the Dundee Hills.

Drink 2025 - 2037

Audrey Frick, JebDunnuck.com (September 2023)

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Critics reviews

Burghound90/100

Willamette Valley, 1,200 cases, unfined and unfiltered, 13%.

Pretty and nicely layered aromas include those of red and dark berries, plum, violet and a hint of anise. The medium-bodied flavors are not especially dense but I very much like the texture thanks to the fine-grained tannins supporting the bitter pit fruit-inflected finale that could also use better depth. I like the style and this should repay 5 to 8 or so years of keeping.

Drink from 2027 onward

Allen Meadows, Burghound.com (August 2023)

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Eric Guido, Vinous91/100

33% new French oak.

The 2021 Pinot Noir L'Ensemble lifts from the glass with a dark and pleasantly herbal-tinged bouquet of crushed black cherries, brown spice and hints of cocoa. Silky-smooth with tart red berry depths, this saturates the palate as tannins slowly amass toward the close. Inner rose combines with raspberry and touches of citrus as the 2021 finishes long and staining yet only lightly tannic.

Drink 2024 - 2030

Eric Guido, Vinous.com (January 2024)

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Decanter93/100

Aromatically forward, the L'ensemble is a blend of sites Nicolas Jay works with across the Willamette Valley. This wine captures so well what makes people excited about Oregon's Pinot Noir. Fresh fruit, savoury minerality and umami character. Aromas of strawberry fruit roll-up, savoury clove notes, dusty gravel road and a touch of forest floor. The palate is bright and high-toned fruit.

Drink 2023 - 2030

Clive Pursehouse, Decanter.com (May 2023)

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Jeb Dunnuck95/100

A jeweled ruby hue, the 2021 Pinot Noir L'Ensemble needs a little time to open in the glass before revealing aromas of fresh pine, ripe cherry liqueur, and toasted spice. Supple and medium to full-bodied, with ripe tannins, it delivers elegant freshness and wonderful purity through its long, mouthwatering, seamless finish.

This powerhouse team of Jean-Nicolas Méo of Méo Camuzet in Burgundy and music entrepreneur Jay Boberg are producing some incredible and exciting Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in the Willamette Valley. The following wines were tasted at their new tasting room facility in the Dundee Hills.

Drink 2025 - 2037

Audrey Frick, JebDunnuck.com (September 2023)

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About this WINE

Domaine Nicolas-Jay

Domaine Nicolas-Jay

Domaine Nicolas-Jay is a winery in Willamette Valley, Oregon. It is a collaboration between Jean-Nicolas Méo of Burgundy’s Domaine Méo-Camuzet and Jay Boberg, an American music producer. Established in 2013, Nicolas-Jay produces a range of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wines from several distinct sub-regions around Oregon, notably the AVAs (American Viticultural Areas) of Yamhill-Carlton, McMinnville and Dundee Hills. Their first vintage was 2014.

The co-founders had been friends for over 30 years when they established Nicolas-Jay. They started out using other producers’ winemaking facilities before buying a vineyard and constructing a winery of their own. They purchased Bishop Creek, a seven-hectare, organically farmed vineyard in Yamhill-Carlton, which became their estate vineyard. They also source fruit from high-quality growers. The range includes single-vineyard bottlings as well as a Willamette Valley blend. All of Nicolas-Jay’s estate vines are farmed organically, and most of the grapes they purchased are organic or biodynamic.

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Willamette Valley

Willamette Valley

The Willamette Valley Viticultural Area lies in the Willamette Valley of Oregon. At 5,200 square miles (13,500 km2), it is the largest AVA in the state, and contains most of the state's wineries; The Willamette Valley AVA was established in 1984, and since then six  smaller AVAs have been created within the northern portion of Willamette Valley (Dundee Hills, probably the best known, Chehalem Mountains, Eola-Amity Hills, McMinnville, Ribbon Ridge, and Yamhill Carlton ).

Its soils, rich in volcanic and glacial deposits are ideal for wine-growing. This combines with the Willamette Valley’s relatively mild climate: cool, wet winters and warm, dry summers.

The region's terroir provides some of the best conditions for growing Pinot Noir. Although Williamette Valley is worldwide acclaimed for their production of Pinot Noir wines, it also produces such varietals as Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay, Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Sauvignon Blanc, and limited quantities of Cabernet, Merlot and Syrah.

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Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is probably the most frustrating, and at times infuriating, wine grape in the world. However when it is successful, it can produce some of the most sublime wines known to man. This thin-skinned grape which grows in small, tight bunches performs well on well-drained, deepish limestone based subsoils as are found on Burgundy's Côte d'Or.

Pinot Noir is more susceptible than other varieties to over cropping - concentration and varietal character disappear rapidly if yields are excessive and yields as little as 25hl/ha are the norm for some climats of the Côte d`Or.

Because of the thinness of the skins, Pinot Noir wines are lighter in colour, body and tannins. However the best wines have grip, complexity and an intensity of fruit seldom found in wine from other grapes. Young Pinot Noir can smell almost sweet, redolent with freshly crushed raspberries, cherries and redcurrants. When mature, the best wines develop a sensuous, silky mouth feel with the fruit flavours deepening and gamey "sous-bois" nuances emerging.

The best examples are still found in Burgundy, although Pinot Noir`s key role in Champagne should not be forgotten. It is grown throughout the world with notable success in the Carneros and Russian River Valley districts of California, and the Martinborough and Central Otago regions of New Zealand.

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