For Immediate Release
L’Ecole N° 41’s Debut 2011 Estate Ferguson Wins Prestigious International Trophy at Global Wine Competition in London WALLA WALLA, Wash. (June 25, 2014)
The DWWA’s distinguished judging panel involved 224 wine professionals, including 66 Masters of Wine and 18 Master Sommeliers. Renowned UK wine critic Steven Spurrier, the figure behind the 1976 Judgment of Paris, founded the competition in 2004. It is proclaimed to be the most comprehensive and authoritative wine contest in the world. In announcing the award, Decanter said the competition’s experts were impressed by the wine’s “dense fruit, balanced palate and deliciously chalky finish, which set it apart.”
The wine is a blend of 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot and 11% Cabernet Franc, sourced exclusively from Ferguson Vineyard, one of the most unique sites in the Walla Walla Valley. Ferguson’s 17 acres are perched on a steep slope with vines rooted in fractured basalt rock overlaid with a thin layer of wind-blown glacial loess.
Founded in the Walla Walla Valley in 1983, L’Ecole N° 41 is one of Washington State’s early family-owned wineries. Housed in the historic Frenchtown school depicted on the label, L’Ecole has earned international acclaim for producing expressive, distinctive wines which reflect the unmistakable typicity of Washington State and the unique terroir of their Walla Walla Valley estate vineyards.
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