The tasting room for Le Cadeau Vineyard and Aubichon Cellars is a warm, open and inviting space that is nothing too special, but charming in it’s own way. They are in a prime location, sharing the building with two (soon to be three) other tasting rooms and in the heart of Dundee, where tasting rooms are abundant. However, to get back on track; the wine is more important, so on to those!
The tasting room exhibits two different labels, Le Cadeau being the winery’s estate label (a vineyard that consists of 15 clones on 17 acres), and Aubichon featuring sourced fruit and other vineyards. The 2010 “Rocheux” Pinot noir was my favorite of the day, sourced from the cooler portion of the vineyard that doesn’t get the afternoon sun, it’s juicy yet elegant. The 2010 “Équinoxe” Pinot noir was a little stronger and more robust, and had some interesting licorice on it. The 2009 “Côte Est” Pinot noir was the typical hot 2009 Pinot. I am not a fan of the 2009 vintage, so it came as no surprise that between the 10s and the 09 I liked the 10s.
We also tasted a special bonus pour of the 2007 “Équinoxe” and it was so strange! Not in a bad way, but it was my friend who finally told me what I was tasting. Because it was so unique, I couldn’t put my finger on it, and I kept thinking it was a little sweet, smelled kind of juicy, tasted maybe like anis–but what I was tasting was soy sauce!
Aubichon wines were almost different animals. The 2011 Aubichon Willamette Valley Pinot noir had a nice finish, but wasn’t one of my favorites. The 2009 Aubichon Reserve Pinot noir on the other hand, was. Whereas the 09 lost out to the other wines on the flight with Le Cadeau, the 09 was better than the 11 here. It was another “hot” 2009 but it was nicely balanced and you couldn’t even tell it’s 14.5% alcohol. Seems like one of the few 09s that may stand the test of time.
The tasting room is open daily from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and is located at 1326 N Highway 99W, Dundee, OR.