FRENCH CREEK VINEYARD
French Creek Vineyard is a South-facing low-elevation plain. The lower elevation, combined with a consistent westerly wind through the Yakima Valley, cools the vines in the evening, allowing the fruit to maintain natural freshness and acidity. The soil is mostly silt loam with occasional spots of clay, caliche, basalt, and river rock. With such excellent drainage, the warm Eastern Washington summer sun, and light annual rainfall (6”- 8”), French Creek is one of our earliest ripening sites and we harvest to retain freshness, lively flavors and acidity to complement the power and richness imparted by old vines.
WHY WE LOVE IT
VARIETALS SOURCED: Chardonnay
CLONES: Wente, Musque 809
ROOTSTOCK: Own rooted
One of Washington’s oldest Chardonnay vineyards, French Creek was planted in 1981 by Shad Hope and is managed by Damon LaLonde. This vineyard consists of Chardonnay (we source 1981 old vine, non-grafted Wente clone), Gewurztraminer, and Riesling grapes, and continues to be a highly sought-after Chardonnay site. Older vineyards have deep roots and self-regulate which provides consistency year after year and deeper, more complex flavors.
TOTAL NUMBER OF ACRES: 34 acres of Wente Clone
ACRES SOURCED: 1.5
POSITIONING: South facing
EXPOSURE: Lies at the edge of canyon
SOIL TYPE: Silt loam, septs of clay, caliche, basalt, and river rock
TRELLISING: Vertical Shoot Positioning (VSP)
FARMED BY: Damon La Londe
YEAR PLANTED: 1981
SUSTAINABILITY: Sustainably farmed, no herbicides
OUR FRENCH CREEK VINEYARD WINES
We consider ourselves incredibly fortunate to source the Old Vine Wente clone Chardonnay from this world-class site, which has been a favorite at Forgeron Cellars for more than 15 years. It is deservingly the only white wine produced as part of the Anvil by Forgeron series, and is always one of the lots that I look forward to most each year.
Cody Janett, Winemaker