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Domaine Trouvere

Domaine Trouvere 2010 Bricolage Blanc

"I love your grape juice, dad!"

The Lange name is one of the most recognizable in the Willamette Valley. Don and Wendy Lange came to Oregon in the late 1980s and planted 30 acres of Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. Since their first vintage in 1987, they've become known as producers of extraordinary Pinot Noir, and as pioneers in the world of Pinot Gris.

In 2004, Don's son Jesse officially joined the family business, though he'd been part of it forever. Growing up in the vineyards since he was three years old, Jesse is very much a natural.

He started helping make wine when he was but five years old. Naturally, his role was tasting the freshly-pressed grape juice from the spout on the upright basket press. Even at age five, young Jesse loved pinot noir best!

Today, Jesse is the head winemaker and general manager of Lange Estate Winery. And coming soon, you'll see father and son collaborating as the "mentors" for Tearn Oregon in the upcoming reality TV show, "Best Bottle" - which will showcase up-and-coming winemakers trying to survive harvest, crush, and the winemaking process.

Domaine Trouvere

Cellar 503 Tasting Notes

Domaine Trouvere, Dundee, Oregon
2010 Bricolage Blanc

Domaine Trouvere is the experimental, non-estate label for Lange Winery. They source grapes from top vineyards around the state to try their hand at unusual varietals or interesting blends.

The Bricolage Blanc evolved out of Wendy's love of Gewurztraminer and Don's love for his iconic Pinot Gris. They threw some Pinot Blanc in and it was love at first ... taste.

You'll notice that this is a white wine from 2010, and it is a testament to the idea that well-made white wines can age very nicely.

Opening this bottle, you'll get a strong aroma of lime and some nuttiness. When you taste it, you'll get the creaminess and caramel notes of creme brulee and hints of herbs like tarragon and thyme. The Bricolage Blanc has aged beautifully; with a soft and round mouthfeel but retaining the hints of the acidity that have kept it savory in the bottle. Pair with soft cheeses or seafood.

A Cellar 503 selection in October 2016, Amazing Oregon Blends Willamette Valley | Gew├╝rztraminer, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris