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L'Ecole No. 41

L'Ecole No. 41 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. Built in 1915, the schoolhouse is located in historic Frenchtown, a small community just west of Walla Walla, Washington. Frenchtown derived its name from the many French-Canadians who settled the valley during the early 1800s. Legend has it, these men of French descent were raising grapes and producing wine. By the 1860s, 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. The winery is currently producing about 29,000 cases annually. Our Semillon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon are all barrel aged, creating a significant demand for barrel storage. In the fall of 2003, we completed the construction of a new concrete tilt barrel storage facility that accommodates our current inventory of over 2,000 French and American oak barrels. In the spring of 2004, we planted 1.3 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon next to the winery. We are pleased to provide visitors the opportunity to observe a working vineyard.

Driving directions from Walla Walla Drive west on Highway 12 for 13 miles. The school house sits on the north side just at the entrance (40 mph sign) to Lowden where Dry Creek Road meets the highway. A sign depicting our label is located just off the highway in front of the winery. Driving directions from Spokane and points North: Take interstate 90 west towards Seattle/Yakima. Take highway 395 (exit approximately 70 miles west of Spokane) south to the Tri-Cities (Kennewick, Pasco, Richland). Just north of Pasco, take the Walla Walla exit and follow the highway signs to Walla Walla. At the junction of Highways 12 and 730 (known as Wallula Gap) drive east for approximately 16 miles. After passing through the small communities of Touchet and Lowden, you will find the school house on the north side of the highway just at the edge of Lowden (increase speed to 60 mph sign) where Dry Creek Road meets the highway. A sign depicting our label is located off the highway in front of the winery.

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  "Walla Voila" Chenin Blanc
This vibrantly fruity and fragrant Chenin Blanc displays clean, bright, perfumed light citrus and orange blossom aromas with flavors of fresh pear and apple on a lemony, zesty floral finish.
  Columbia Valley 'Barrel Fermented' Semillon
Remarkably brilliant and buoyed by crisp acidity, this wine shows fresh apple, pear, and fig, with spicy floral notes of orange blossom and honeysuckle.
  Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
With a classic Cabernet nose, this highly integrated wine shows dark blackberry and sweet blueberry with aromatic notes of eucalyptus and sage, and flavors of ripe plum, bittersweet chocolate and currants on an earthy toasty finish. Vinification: Each lot was harvested ripe and gently crushed
  Columbia Valley Chardonnay
L'Ecole No 41's Chardonnay is barrel fermented in the traditional Burgundian style, where we strive to maintain balance and purity of fruit. The backbone of this wine comes from the slightly cooler growing conditions found in selected Columbia Valley vineyards. Robust natural acidity, ripe tropical flavors and a slight mineral edge provide complexity and balance. Our first Chardonnay vintage was 1991.
  Columbia Valley Merlot
Rich with spicy, aromatic aromas of nutmeg, clove and cinnamon, this Merlot shows ripe black plum, blackberry and dark cocoa flavors, with notes of leather and sweet tobacco encased in a toasty, ripe black cherry finish.
  Columbia Valley Syrah
New to our lineup, the Columbia Valley Syrah shows opulent blueberry and cherry fruit and brambly fruit flavors of raspberry and blackberry, with rich spice and pepper notes on a monumentally structured finish.
  Fries Vineyard Semillon
This crisp and viscous wine shows its marvelous apricot and pear flavors, with rich floral and honeysuckle aromas, and hints of fresh fig, Fuji apple, and apricot on a long lingering finish.
  Pepper Bridge Vineyard Apogee
Boldly aromatic, this wine has spicy aromas of nutmeg and clove, earthy hints of sweet tobacco and leather, and luscious fruit flavors of black cherry, cranberry and cassis.
  Recess Red
After the last bell of the day has rung and work is put away, everyone needs to take time to relax and enjoy life’s treasures. We have the perfect wine for these moments, Recess Red. You are never too old for Recess! 42% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Syrah, 11% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot, 1% Carmenère
  Seven Hills Vineyard Estate Merlot
Rich with spicy, aromatic aromas of nutmeg, clove and cinnamon, this Merlot shows ripe black plum, blackberry and dark cocoa flavors, with notes of leather and sweet tobacco encased in a toasty, ripe black cherry finish.
  Seven Hills Vineyard Estate Perigee
Perigee exemplifies this vineyard’s characteristic cedary, black cherry elegance. With perfumed aromas of exotic spice, generous blackberry fruit and silky velvet texture, this wine exudes power and grace on an endless, earthy mineral finish.
  Seven Hills Vineyard Estate Semillon
100% Semillon from our Estate Seven Hills Vineyard, this wine is packed with complex fruity flavors of peach, melon and lychee, with floral lime and orange blossom aromas. Rich and nutty flavors of crème brulée unfold gracefully and linger on a satisfying finish.
  Seven Hills Vineyard Estate Semillon Ice Wine
This luscious, sweet golden nectar shows intense floral aromas of orange blossom, pineapple and honeysuckle with ripe peach and pear flavors on a viscous, spicy, mineral finish.
  Seven Hills Vineyard Estate Syrah
This Seven Hills Vineyard Estate Syrah was hand-harvested ultra-ripe, with jammy dark plum, dense blackberry, and elegant meaty flavors. Loaded with perfumed spice and mint aromas, this wine is packed with concentration and unrelenting intensity.
  Walla Walla Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
With rich, old world structure and dense, dark fruit flavors, this wine shows cassis, black cherry and cocoa with earthy leather and savory herbal notes on a balanced, toasty finish.


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