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Beaux Freres

Beaux Freres Beaux Frères strives to produce high quality wines from Pinot noir grapes following classical Burgundian winegrowing practices. We seek to elaborate on the extraordinary quality the Oregon vineyard can achieve given a low yield of physiologically ripe fruit and minimal intervention in the cellar. This site offers a glimpse of our vineyards, discussion of our vineyard and cellar techniques, vintage notes and tasting notes, news from the farm and the larger world of wine, a means of making contact with us and an opportunity to purchase our wines.

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15155 N.E. North Valley Road, Newberg, OR, US, 97132 Email: info@beauxfreres.com
Phone: 503-537-1137 Web: www.beauxfreres.com
Fax: 503-537-2613
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  Beaux Frères, The Upper Terrace
Our second vintage from this steep, southeast facing vineyard is the 2003 Beaux Frères, The Upper Terrace. It is again our biggest, richest, and most muscular Pinot Noir. It is close in quality to the full-bodied, rich 2002. Notes of sweet plums, raspberries, cherries, and a hint of sassafras along with some darker fruits and something primordial and earthy emerge from this juicy Pinot. With exceptional concentration, tremendous purity, density, structure, and moderate tannin, the 2003 vintage is not as approachable as the 2002 Beaux Frères Estate Pinot Noir. We believe it will need one to three years of bottle age, and should keep for 12-15 years in a cool cellar. It too, was bottled with neither fining nor filtration, and extremely low levels of sulfur. Anticipated Maturity: 2006-2021
  Beaux Frères, The Upper Terrace
Our first vintage from the steep hillside vineyard we call The Upper Terrace is unquestionably one of the richest, most complex and dramatic pinot noirs ever made in the United States ... or elsewhere. Our first crop, in 2002, was a measly 1.52 tons of fruit per acre. It was a great year for Oregon pinot noir, although the industrial number crunchers must be disappointed with the tiny yields. Our 2002 Upper Terrace is an extravagantly rich wine that literally has to be tasted to be believed. Unctuously textured, dense ruby/black in color, and representing the essence of pinot noir, it is a modern day version of our monumental 1994. Very fullbodied as well as enormously endowed, it offers a smoky, floral, blackberry liqueur bouquet followed by similar flavors that persist for close to 50 seconds. It was treated identically as our Beaux Frères Vineyard cuvée, moved to tank after 12 months of aging in 80% new oak (never racked, and kept on its lees the entire period), and held in tank for two months prior to bottling without fining or filtration. We believe the 2002 Upper Terrace has unlimited potential. Anticipated maturity: 2007-17.
  Beaux Frères, The Vineyard
Our 2003 Beaux Frères reveals a classic Pinot Noir perfume of black fruits (a common characteristic of our finest vintages) in addition to forest floor and floral notes. We use about 80% new Francois Frères Barrels and it was interesting to see how easily the oak was absorbed in this wine. This medium to full-bodied, concentrated (yields were again very low), deeply colored Pinot Noir should have a minimum of ten to twelve years of aging potential. While not as broad or powerful as the 2002 Beaux Frères, it is richer than our highly successful 1999, and more accessible and forward than many of our cuvèes, before they round into shape. As usual, this wine has been bottled with neither fining nor filtration and extremely low levels of sulfur. Anticipated Maturity: 2006-2018
  Beaux Frères, The Vineyard
Possibly the finest wine we have made from this hillside vineyard, the 2002 Beaux Frères is an atypically powerful, opulent, flamboyant offering. Dense ruby/purple with a dramatic display of blackberries, cherry liqueur, new saddle leather, toast, and hints of licorice as well as underbrush. This fullbodied wine has revealed a seamlessness since its early days in cask. Rich and introspective, it's serious tannin/structure can be found beneath the wealth of fruit and extract. The 2002 is difficult to compare with our previous eleven vintages, but for those who have followed our wines, it may represent a hypothetical blend of the 1994 and 1999. It is truly a big wine. Yields were 1.7 tons per acre in 2002, and the wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered after twelve months in 80% new French oak casks, and two months in tank. Anticipated maturity: 2005-14.
  Belles Soeurs
This is a blend of 45% from the Beaux Frères Vineyard and 36% from the famous Shea Vineyard from which we contract fruit, 15% from the old Ana Vineyard, and 4% from our one acre of Grenache planted on The Upper Terrace. In blind tastings, this was our finest blend. We loved its charm, wonderfully sweet black cherry and raspberry fruit, supple tannin, and captivating personality. We could have fashioned single vineyard cuvèes of the Ana and Shea vineyards as we did in 2002, increased the production of Beaux Frères, or bottled the Grenache separately, but this particular blend revealed the most texture, ripeness, complexity, and charm. It will be a delicious, medium to full-bodied Pinot Noir to drink during its first five to eight years of life, although we suspect it will keep longer. This wine was bottled unfiltered although several component parts were fined with one egg white per barrel to soften and sweeten the tannin. Anticipated Maturity: 2006-2014
  Belles Soeurs, Ana Vineyard
Dark ruby in color, the 2002 Ana bursts from the glass with very sweet, pure black cherry aromas interwoven with some subtle smoky oak. Plush, even succulent, this is a very hedonistic Pinot Noir that offers copious fruit, loads of glycerine, in a medium to full-bodied style. Think of it as a Volnay Premier cru on steroids. Utterly captivating and delicious. Anticipated maturity: 2004-10. Case production:
  Belles Soeurs, Shea Vineyard
The non-estate vineyard where we purchase fruit, the 2002 Belles Soeurs Shea is typical of the vintage- powerful, dense, loaded with smoky black cherry fruit, full-bodied, and undoubtedly the largest scaled wine we have yet made from this excellent site owned by Dick Shea. This wine, from yields of 2.02 tons per acre, was aged twelve months in 50% new French casks, moved to tank for two months, and bottled without fining or filtration. Anticipated maturity: 2005-12.

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