Maison Bleue Winery

About

Maison Bleue is a family-owned winery dedicated to the production of terroir-driven wines from designated vineyards and appellations located across Washington State. Our wines combine European sensibility with a controlled New World opulence.

Location Description

Located in the heart of Walla Walla, Washington.

Features

  • "A highly regarded producer of Syrah and Grenache."- Jancis Robinson, MW

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Average Bottle Price

$ 50

Winemaker

Jon Meuret graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelors of Science in Biology and Chemistry as well as Doctorate of Dental Surgery at the University of Iowa. While practicing in the Kansas City area, he helped start a vineyard and winery dedicated to the growing and production of vinifera varieties. It was during this time that Jon decided to make the transition from Dentist to full-time vigneron. He has completed numerous viticulture and enology courses through Missouri State, U.C. Davis and Washington State University. He was also fortunate to have been consulted by a few vintners located in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Languedoc-Roussillon, and Oregon. Jon has had a long affection for Rhône wines and saw the success Washington was having with Syrah as well as other varieties. It wasn’t long before he realized that this is where he would start Maison Bleue Winery and his lifelong focus of Rhône-style wines.

Practices & Techniques

Our winemaking is an uncompromised style of traditional techniques, gentle handling and a modest use of French oak. Our wines combine European sensibility with a controlled New World opulence.

Estate Vineyards / AVA

We have purposely located Maison Bleue amongst some of the best vineyards in the state of Washington. Being closely situated to our grape sources gives us a better understanding of the vineyard and how it evolves from season to season. All of our vineyards practice responsible viticulture, ranging from organic to sustainable management. Our style of winemaking focuses on the distinction of these sites as well as achieving true varietal characteristics.

WALLA WALLA VALLEY AVA

Pepper Bridge Vineyard:

Located on the eastern edge of the Walla Walla Valley, Pepper Bridge Vineyard was planted in 1991 by Norm McKibben. The soils are deep silt and loam, and the vines are planted on elevated terrace islands formed by ancient slackwater drainage from the Walla Walla River at about 900 feet elevation. Pepper Bridge is a cooler site, often ripening 10 to 14 days later than Seven Hills. Pepper Bridge Vineyard is sustainably farmed, Salmon Safe and VINEA certified. VINEA partners with LIVE in Oregon to provide third-party sustainable certification through the European organization IOBC (International Organization for Biological Control). With a focus on soil biology and vine health, they farm using minimal inputs and earth-friendly environmental practices. The Syrah sourced from here displays dark fruit, leather, tobacco, earthiness and distinct black pepper.

Seven Hills Vineyard:

The vineyard was established in 1981 at the south central portion of the Walla Walla Valley appellation. With an elevation of 900 – 1,100 feet, the site has excellent soil and air drainage. The soils in this vineyard are in the Ellisford Series, which is a wind-blown glacial loess that is geologically young and rich in minerals. Seven Hills Vineyard was named by Wine & Spirits Magazine (Fall 2004) as one of "Ten Great Vineyards of the World!" Seven Hills is also certified Salmon Safe and part of VINEA, a sustainable vineyard program tailored specifically to the micro-climate of the Walla Walla Valley. They utilize organic composts and earth compost tea to build soil health and nurture healthy vines, virtually eliminating the use of herbicides and pesticides. Our Syrah shows a characteristic rich elegance, earthy structure, seductive aromas and a complex, silky finish.

Rivière Galets Vineyard:

Planted in 2008, Rivière Galets is located just below Seven Hills and within the outer edge of the famed "Rocks" region of the Walla Walla appellation. The predominant soil is an alluvial material washed down the mountains by the Walla Walla River. What is left is a uniform soil type consisting of large cobblestones that are incredibly coarse and well-drained. Not only forcing the roots to go deep, the rocks facilitate the transfer of heat to deeper layers in the soil thus invigorating the vine and encouraging maturation. The vineyard is recognized as VINEA, but is in the process of becoming certified organic. We source Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre from here. The wines show distinct aromas of roasted meats and earth with an umami-like savoriness.

Yellow Jacket Vineyard:

This is one of the oldest vineyards to have been planted in the "Rocks" region by Tom Waliser. The original planting of Cabernet Sauvignon goes back to 1999 with Syrah added in 2001. While soils throughout much of the appellation are derived from Missoula Flood sediments that are rich in granite-derived silica, sodium, and potassium, Yellow Jacket Vineyard sediments are derived from Blue Mountains basalt loaded with iron, magnesium and calcium. Yellow Jacket Vineyard is sustainably farmed, Salmon Safe and VINEA certified. VINEA partners with LIVE in Oregon to provide third-party sustainable certification through the European organization IOBC (International Organization for Biological Control). With a focus on soil biology and vine health, they farm using minimal inputs and earth-friendly environmental practices. Our single vineyard source for Syrah shows the typical "Rocks" profile of meatiness, savory and earth with a dense core of black fruits.

YAKIMA VALLEY AVA

Boushey Vineyard:

Situated at high elevation in the middle of the Yakima Valley between Grandview and Prosser, Boushey Vineyard stands out among the rest for growing World-class Syrah. Dick Boushey’s dedication to viticulture has not only been highly praised in Washington, but across the United States. The site shows true Rhône-like characteristics, due in part to extended hang-times leading to more complex flavor development, without excessive ripeness. We source Grenache, Marsanne & Syrah from this site.

Olsen Vineyard-Yakima Valley AVA:

The Olsen family has been growing grapes in the Yakima Valley since 1979. They now tend 9 varietals spread over 800 acres, some of which are now among the oldest vines in the state. One of these new emerging varieties they planted was Roussanne, a white Rhone varietal native to the southern part of France. This was planted in a very high elevation site located at the east end of the Yakima Valley near Red Mountain. The soils are very shallow and rich with granitic deposits. We source Mourvèdre and Roussanne from here.

Awards

" A highly regarded producer of Syrah and Grenache wines in Washington State." - Jancis Robinson, MW

“Maison Bleue Family Winery may be the most compelling new producer uncovered in my 2010 trip to Washington.” - Jay Miller, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

“Rhône varieties and blends are the stock in trade, and belong in the first rank of such wines being made anywhere in the country.” - Paul Gregutt, Wine Enthusiast Magazine

"Incredibly French in style, these wines show top-notch aromatics as well as perfectly proportioned palates that have real depth and density." - Jeb Dunnuck, The Rhône Report

"Perhaps no winemaker has impressed me as much recently with his deft touch with whites and reds, as Jon Meuret from Maison Bleue Winery.” - Sean Sullivan, Washington Wine Report

“As I stated in my review of Maison Bleue’s 2009 whites, I believe Jon Meuret has taken white wine making to a new, higher level.” - Rand Sealey, Review of Washington Wines

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Hours

Friday: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm Saturday: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Address

20 N. 2nd Avenue,
Walla Walla, Washington 99362
United States

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