Authentique Wine Cellars


Nicholas Keeler of Authentique Wine Cellars is one of the most dynamic new producers coming out of the Willamette Valley in Oregon. A French wine barrel expert by trade, he expanded his love and hobby of making wine in 2011 when he produced his first Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. He wanted to capture the essence of his family's Demeter Biodynamic and Stellar Organic certified vineyard, Keeler Estate, which is planted on a southwest sloping hillside in the Eola-Amity Hills AVA.

From just one Pinot Noir and one Chardonnay, he expanded his range in just a few short years to include three other Pinot Noirs and a rosé produced from Pinot Gris that has been macerated on its skins to create a wine of character but also of beautiful colour and balance.

His philosophy is simple – maintaining the purest of fruit while enabling the transparency of the terroir to surface. He does this by keeping alcohol levels in check (but with nonetheless phenolic maturity intact), a touch of whole bunch cluster where possible and appropriate, and managed oak ageing with extra tight grain barrels of light-moderate toast levels. The results sing for themselves, and we were immediately impressed by their refinement and appeal. But not only are his wines excellent, but their packaging is an art form, showing a true eye for detail.

In 2015, his family built their own winery, and he is now able to control all aspects of winemaking to further carry on his potential and that of his vines. Nicholas is one shooting star to watch and we cannot wait to witness his ascent.

About the region

The Willamette Valley is considered one of the premier Pinot Noir growing areas in the New World. Located due south of Portland, Oregon, it developed as a wine region in the 1960s when students came here from the University of California at Davis in the hope of finding a cooler climate for Pinot Noir. The found success and so more and more people began planting vineyards.

In 1979, it began drawing worldwide attention when one of its pioneers, Eyrie Vineyard, won the number two position amongst a number of top Burgundies and their new world counterparts in a Gault Millau blind tasting. In 1984 it became an official AVA (American Viticultural Area) while in 1987, it drew its first Burgundian investor, the Drouhin family, who bought land in the Dundee Hills.

Over the years, they began recognising distinct soil differences and so in 2002, a number of producers drew up a petition to create 6 new and smaller AVAs – Dundee Hills, McMinnville, Eola-Amity Hills, Yamhill-Carton District, Chehalem Mountains and Ribbon Ridge - which were finally confirmed as new AVAs between 2004-2006.

Today, there are more than 500 wineries and most are small and family owned – a system more reflective of Burgundy than even Napa Valley, California. It is a glorious region that is well-worth discovering, particularly for Pinotphiles who value finesse over power.


Leisure ‘Skin Contact’ Pinot Gris 2015

A delicious surprise though its pretty light pink colour should have given us all the hints we needed. A beauty from the start, this medium-bodied wine opens up with notes of white peach, watermelon, stone and citrus fruits. On the palate, it is poised yet has enough depth and fruit to hold its own against a myriad of dishes including Indian or Thai curries and tarte flambée. Produced from both direct press and skin contact for added flavour. Drink 2016 - 2018.'

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Authentique Wine Cellars


'The Corridor' Pinot Noir 2015

100% Pinot Noir

A nod to the Oregon's Van Duzer Corridor...this exquisite Pinot Noir has an abundance of red fruit, and great structure.

£200.00 per case (£33.33 per bottle)

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Authentique Keeler Estate Chardonnay 2014

100% Chardonnay

A poised, moderately endowed Chardonnay with aromatic aromas of toasted brioche and spice fleshed out with honeydew and white flowers.

£199.00 per case (£33.17 per bottle)

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Authentique Leisure ‘Skin Contact’ Pinot Gris 2015

100% Pinot Gris

A delicious surprise though its pretty light pink colour should have given us all the hints we needed!

£139.00 per case (£23.17 per bottle)

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Authentique Pinot Noir Collection 2014

100% Pinot Noir

2 x Keeler Estate, 2 x The Corridor, 2 x Coats & Whitney. A serious Pinot Noir rollercoaster showcasing this exceptional range!

£210.00 per case (£35.00 per bottle)

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Hombre 'La Picadura de Abeja' 2012

100% Pinot Noir

A one and only release of this wine, makes it a real collectors item. A rich, bold Pinot with bags of fruit and character.

£245.00 per case (£40.83 per bottle)

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Keeler Estate Chardonnay Vertical

100% Chardonnay

2 x 2013, 2 x 2014 and 2 x 2015 of these beautiful rich, creamy and complex New World Chardonnay.

£225.00 per case (£37.50 per bottle)

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Keeler Estate Pinot Noir 2015

100% Pinot Noir

The flagship Pinot from this fabulous producer. Elegant, fruit driven with bags of soul!

£215.00 per case (£35.83 per bottle)

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Keeler Estate Pinot Noir Vertical

100% Pinot Noir

2 x 2013, 2 x 2014 and 2 x 2015 of this flagship Pinot! Fruit driven, refined and absolutely stunning!

£225.00 per case (£ per bottle)