Roserock Drouhin Oregon, Eola-Amity Hills 2014 (100% Pinot Noir)–fruit forward, structured wine with floral, spicy, and savory notes on the nose, and notes of dark berries, black cherries, dried flowers, and tilled earth on the palate. Wine is balanced and weighty with a long finish.
Joseph Drouhin Saint-Véran, Mâconnais 2015 (100% Chardonnay)–stylistically similar to Pouilly-Fuissé with intense fruit on the nose, and vibrant acidity and flavors of lemon and green apple on the palate.
The Drouhin family will be celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Oregon estate this summer. For three decades the family has brought a wealth of experience to their vineyards creating elegant Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines in the signature Burgundian Joseph Drouhin style, and they are excited to share this milestone.
Joseph Drouhin founded the first estate in Burgundy in 1880. His son, Maurice succeeded him in 1917 and his son, Robert, became the third generation to run the business in 1957. It was Robert who first “discovered” Oregon on a 1961 visit. He recognized that it was Oregon (more so than California) whose soil, latitude, and climate could unlock the complexities and potential of Pinot and Chardonnay in the U.S. In 1987, Robert purchased property and nominated Véronique, his daughter, as winemaker and Philippe Drouhin, his son, to take over viticulture. The newly christened Domaine Drouhin Oregon produced its first vintage in 1988 from purchased grapes and the following year built the landmark, four-story gravity flow winery. Today, Domaine Drouhin Oregon’s vineyards and winery are both LIVE certified sustainable and the property maintains one of the largest solar panel arrays of any Oregon winery. The estate sits on a 225-acre estate, with 124 acres under vine in the Dundee Hills. The family also recently purchased Roserock, a beautiful vineyard in the Eola-Amity Hills. Today, fourth-generation female winemaker, Véronique, continues to surprise and delight with exceptional wines adopting the family’s centuries old tradition of fine winemaking in Burgundy, and her brother, Laurent Drouhin, remains the face of the brand here in the U.S.