Domaine Drouhin Oregon
Domaine Drouhin has been on the viticultural cutting edge in Oregon since their first vintage in 1988, and continues to set the pace.
Winemaker Véronique Drouhin-Boss' roots go deep into her family's 13th century cellars under the streets of Beaune, the heart of Burgundy. She represents the fourth generation of winemakers from this venerable wine family of France, but it is here in Oregon that her skills and passion are bringing forth some of the most sublime Pinot Noir and Chardonnay produced anywhere. With centuries of Burgundian winemaking experience flowing through her blood, Véronique has lovingly crafted every drop of wine produced at Domaine Drouhin Oregon since the first vintage in 1988.
FROM THE CAVES OF BURGUNDY TO THE DUNDEE HILLS OF OREGON
The Story of Our Winery Is the Story of the Drouhin Family
The Drouhin Family's winemaking roots run deep, having taken hold in Burgundy's best vineyards more than a century ago. Through the years, there has been a very clear link, a continuum, that inhabits Maison Joseph Drouhin, and now Domaine Drouhin Oregon.
Our estate winery in the Dundee Hills creates elegant, fine Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines forged from our family's tradition of fine winemaking in France. For more than 25 years, the Drouhin Family has brought a wealth of hard-earned experience to their vineyards in the Willamette Valley, just southwest of Portland, Oregon.
"Skills get more refined, methods evolve, but what's important is what is transmitted from generation to generation: The search for excellence, the intellectual curiosity, the sense of values, passion, the respect for terroir.” -- Robert J. Drouhin
Our Oregon estate was established in the late 1980s, but our winemaking roots were planted in Burgundy a century earlier, when Joseph Drouhin moved from Chablis to Beaune, and in 1880 founded Maison Joseph Drouhin. He was succeeded by his son, the brilliant Maurice Drouhin, who dedicated his life to making fine wine. In 1957, Robert Drouhin became the third generation to run the business. He first "discovered” Oregon on a 1961 visit, and then again during the 1979 and '80 blind tastings in Paris and Burgundy (the latter of which Robert organized) that put Oregon wines on the world map. Robert recognized that it was
Oregon, more so than California, whose soils and climate could unlock the complexities and potential of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in the United States.
In 1986, Robert's daughter Véronique came to Oregon after achieving a masters diploma in enology. She worked that harvest with three families, the Letts (Eyrie Vineyard), the Casteels (Bethel Heights) and the Adelsheims (Adelsheim Vineyards). That first impression was profound, and helped to form the bond between the Drouhins and some of the founding families of Oregon wine. It can be fairly said that Oregon's deep sense of community was a powerful magnet.
In 1987, Robert Drouhin was invited to participate in the first International Pinot Noir Celebration, and on that trip, he decided to purchase land in the Dundee Hills. Where there had only been Christmas trees and wheat, the Drouhin's began planting their first vineyards in Oregon. At the same time, Robert nominated Véronique to be the newly christened DDO winemaker, and her brother Philippe Drouhin took responsibility for viticulture. In 1988, DDO produced its first vintage, from purchased grapes, and in 1989 built the landmark, four-story gravity flow winery.
Our winemaker extraordinaire produces elegant Pinot Noir and Chardonnay on both sides of the Atlantic.
Véronique Drouhin-Boss, the fourth-generation winemaker of the Drouhin family, has lovingly crafted every drop of wine produced at Domaine Drouhin Oregon since our first vintage in 1988. She also now oversees the winemaking at Maison Joseph Drouhin in Burgundy, producing some of the world's finest Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines on both sides of the Atlantic.
Véronique's interest in wine and the family business began when she was young, and blossomed under the tutelage of father Robert Drouhin. In 1986, she graduated from the University of Dijon with an advanced degree in enology, and decided to venture to Oregon to expand her experience and learn more about the fledgling industry that was beginning to take root in the Willamette Valley. Véronique interned that year with Adelsheim Vineyards, Bethel Heights, and Eyrie. She has returned to Oregon every year since then to capture the essence of what nature provides in our unique estate vineyards.
In many ways, Véronique embodies the essence of Pinot Noir -- spirited, graceful, and feminine. Her wines at Domaine Drouhin have always been hallmarked by elegance, finesse, purity, and the capacity to improve gracefully with age.
Domaine Drouhin Oregon with Arron Bell
from Touring & Tasting
Roses are beautiful moments in time. Rocks are pieces of a greater whole. Drouhin Oregon Roserock is the newest chapter in the Drouhin story, extending from Burgundy’s Côte d’Or and Chablis, to the Dundee Hills of Oregon, and now Oregon’s Eola-Amity Hills.
Drouhin Oregon Roserock continues a four-generation story that began in 1880 when Joseph Drouhin moved from Chablis to Beaune, in the heart of Burgundy. His son, Maurice Drouhin, expanded the family’s estate, including his purchase of the family’s signature vineyard, Clos des Mouches. Joseph’s grandson, Robert Drouhin, developed the estate even further, buying spectacular premier cru and grand cru vineyards and reestablishing the family’s heritage in Chablis. It was also Robert who ventured to Oregon in 1987, when there were barely 50 wineries, but unlimited promise. His children, Philippe, Véronique, Laurent and Frédéric Drouhin are now in charge of the family business worldwide.
The connecting thread is the Drouhin Family itself, a tight-knit group dedicated to land, vine and wine—three things that have sustained them through the years. Now, tradition, experience, consistency, and excellence are their calling cards.
Drouhin Oregon Roserock, like DDO, is summed up by the expression “French Soul, Oregon Soil.” It’s about this family, and this place. The combination of the Drouhins’ 135 year history of winemaking and this exceptional vineyard in the Eola Hills is something special and widely anticipated.
The Drouhin Family purchases only exceptional land, and brings their personal, generational approach to Roserock’s farming. Master viticulturalist Philippe Drouhin, working with acclaimed vineyard manager Leigh Bartholomew, nurtures grapes to the peak of perfection, and ensures the land is sustainably farmed in accordance with LIVE (Low Input Viticulture & Enology), an independent certification body which meets strict international standards for environmentally and socially responsible winegrowing. Looking ahead, Philippe is digging into Roserock to understand the essential nature of each block and each row.
At Roserock, as at DDO, Véronique serves as head winemaker, bringing her decades of experience and highly focused palate to these new Drouhin wines. As at DDO, these wines will reflect the unique characteristics of an outstanding terroir.
Roserock reflects the singular Drouhin approach. It’s a matter of family pride: pride in grapes that are grown responsibly with seasoned expertise; in winemaking that celebrates patience and nuance; in wines that are elegant, balanced, complex and age-worthy—and, at their core, defined by finesse.
The Drouhin Family’s bold decision to buy land in the Dundee Hills in 1987 is considered a seminal event in the history of the Oregon wine industry, forever establishing the Burgundy/Oregon connection. Roserock reaffirms the family’s commitment to Oregon, while creating an exciting new chapter of the Drouhin story.
Roserock Winemaking Overview
The wines were crafted with the usual Drouhin techniques: marrying balance, harmony, finesse and character.
The Chardonnay was fermented and aged half in steel and oak. The 2014 went through 100% malo
The Pinot Noir was aged for 11 months in approximately 20% new French Oak. There wasn’t any whole cluster used during fermentation, and we were very excited to ferment each block separately to better understand the personality of each parcel.
- Acquired in December, 2013, after a lengthy search for exceptional vineyard land
- Eola-Amity Hills AVA, in Oregon’s Northern Willamette Valley
- 111 planted acres of Pinot Noir (35 blocks)
- 11 planted acres of Chardonnay (3 blocks)
- Elevation range: 550’ – 750’
- Soils: 100% volcanic (Nekia, Jory, Ritner)
- Sustainability Certification: LIVE (www.livecertified.org)
Drouhin Family Hallmarks Found at Roserock
- The family approach
- Experience, patience, authenticity
- Elegance, balance, finesse, complexity
- An extension of the family’s deep connection to Oregon
- A truthful reflection of the site
- A commitment to continuous improvement
- French Soul, Oregon Soil
Cloudline Cellars - Oregon
Cloudline Cellars represents a first for Dreyfus, Ashby—our own wine. Given our love for Pinot Noir and our long history developing Domaine Drouhin Oregon and other fine wines, it's probably not surprising that we would choose Oregon's Willamette Valley as the home for this exciting project.
Vinified under the careful eye of consulting winemaker Véronique Drouhin-Boss, Cloudline Pinot Gris is made in a classic dry style with a lovely balance of ripe fruit and vibrant acidity.
It is bottled under ScrewCap. Enjoy!
Row 503 Pinot Noir - Willamette Valley
The Oceanic submersions and later Missoula Floods left behind deep, vibrant sedimentary soils that add to the unique terroir. Breathtaking and dramatic, the Pacific Ocean to the West exerts a maritime influence, creating foggy mornings, cool nights, and the perfect climate needed for growing Pinot Noir. This allows the grape to reveal its complex and elegant nature.
With a long growing season, abundant sun in the summer, and the soils essential for greatness, Oregon is a Pinot Noir Kingdom of the West.
Pinot Noir is born in the heart of Oregon wine country, where ancient soils cover the famous slopes of the Cascades and the Coastal Range. The lava flows of 15 million years ago are now the rich volcanic soils treasured by some of the world’s great winemakers.