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Maison Bleue Winery- A bit of France in Washington
Maison Bleue is a family-owned winery producing amazing Rhône varieties such as Grenache, Syrah, Marsanne and Viognier, as well as Chardonnay. Winemaker Jon Martinez, combines Old World elegance, traditional style techniques with New World opulence. Passionate about his craft and the love of Rhône-style wines, Jon is turning some heads and topping the charts:
Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate-August 2011- 2009 Gravière Upland Vineyard GSM, Snipes Mountain - 95 points
Wine Enthusiast- 2009 La Montagnette Upland Vineyard Grenache, Snipes Mountain - 94 pts. & Cellar Selection
The Rhône Report 2009 Liberté Boushey Vineyard Syrah, Yakima Valley - 94 points
Seattle Magazine-Best Emerging Winery of 2011
and a list of many, many more….
Open by private appointment on Fridays and Saturdays.
Having experienced the quality of wines from the winery on multiple occasions, I had to try Maison Bleue’s newly released 2011 La Famille Rose when I saw a bottle. This rose is intended to be a rose from the start, no saignée (which means to bleed in French) here with the emphasis on creating a dry wine. The composition is 90% Mourvedre and 10% Grenache (can you say Bandol) with all the fruit coming from Olsen Vineyard.
Here’s my tasting note: Light salmon pink with orange & copper color. Orange-pink-copper color blend fusion. Minerallystrawberry, clean slightly wet stone, touch of orange peel, subtle apricot-pear notes. Very round mouthfeel with the stone & strawberry pursing through. The texture just does not give up, no matter how many swishes. There’s still the acidity to balance and give it “light” weight and freshness. The initial finish continues the incredible round mouthfeel. More soft stone & kiss of citrus feel from the acidity which gives the finish a very real mouthwatering aspect. Finish goes for 45+ seconds. A rose to truly savor while enjoying during the summer. This would be great for food too. Excellent! 94 on the rose scale.