Le Cadeau Vineyard is one of Willamette Valley’s premier family wineries. Established in 1997 by founders Deb and Tom Mortimer, Le Cadeau was one of the early pioneers in Oregon’s Chehalem Mountains, dedicated to producing high quality Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
Le Cadeau’s 16-acre vineyard situated high on Parrett Mountain is varied in topography and soils (mainly volcanic basalt) and is planted with a variety of Pinot Noir clones: Dijon, California heritage, and Swiss. Over the years, the Mortimers have steadily improved the quality of their vineyard, which required two years to clear because of its rocky soils. Following advanced microfarming methods, they have been able to bottle small production cuvées from different sections of their vineyard.
In the early years, Tom made the unusual decision to invite prominent Oregon winemakers to craft his different cuvees. which no doubt produced an interesting mix of wines. Today Le Cadeau employs its own winemaking team of veterans Jim Sanders and Steve Ryan and consulting winemaker, Pierre Millemann of Nuits Saint Georges in Burgundy. Le Cadeau wines are all estate bottled following Burgundian methods.
As we note below, the Le Cadeau wines are beautifully crafted and are rich and fragrant, revealing purity and intensity of flavor with perfect balance.
Le Cadeau 2017 Estate Chardonnay Willamette Valley/Chehalem Mountains ($45) 92 The 2017 Chardonnay offers aromas of stone fruit and reveals a lovely mouth feel with a soft texture and richness. Aged 17 months in neutral French oak, it has good concentration on the palate with ample acidity and good balance. Crafted from Dijon and Heritage clones, it is a delicious wine and a pleasure to drink. 90 cases
Le Cadeau 2017 Pinot Noir Reserve “Merci” Willamette Valley/Chehalem Mountains ($80) 94 The 2015 “Merci” Pinot is a delicious spicy aromatic Pinot Noir offering ripe dark cherry fruit and toasted oak with a hint of underbrush. Crafted from a blend of Heritage Pinot Noir clones of Calera, Swan and Mt. Eden, it displays a rich texture on the palate with good concentration and a persistent finish. Well done. 150 Cases
Le Cadeau 2018 Pinot Noir “Cote Est” Willamette Valley/Chehalem Mountains ($60) 91 The Pinot Noir “Cote Est” offers aromas of dark cherry/plum-like fruit with hints of charred oak on the nose that are mirrored on the palate. Medium-weight, it displays a dry mid-palate and good concentration of flavor, firm round tannins and a pleasant finish. 285 cases
Le Cadeau 2018 Pinot Noir “Diversite” Willamette Valley/Chehalem Mountains AVA ($60) 93 A delicious wine offering lovely fresh and ripe red berry aromas and flavors with hints of toast. It is elegant and refined on the palate and nicely focused with good concentration, firm round tannins and a persistent finish. An excellent youthful wine.
Le Cadeau 2018 Pinot Noir “Rocheaux” Willamette Valley/Chehalem Mountains AVA ($60) 93 The Pinot Noir “Rocheaux” displays a medium-ruby color and lovely aromas of fresh dark cherry fruit. It has a silky palate with good balance, deep savory flavors and a long, extracted finish. Lighter in weight and more elegant than the other wines in this fine series, it is sourced from the Le Cadeau Vineyard. 220 cases
Le Cadeau 2017 Pinot Noir “Trajet” Reserve Willamette Valley/Chehalem Mountains ($80) 93 The 2017 Pinot Noir “Trajet” Reserve is a perfumed and richly flavored distinctive wine, whole-cluster fermented in French oak for up to 18 months. It is not a typical cherry-fruited Oregon Pinot Noir, but rather shows an interesting blend of whole cluster-ripe dark red fruit with extended barrel aging. It is soft and round on the palate with good depth, ripe tannins and a pleasant finish. 80 cases