Following some huge successes with his first winery, Maison Bleue, Domaine J. Meuret was founded by Dr. Jon Meuret in 2013. Domaine J. Meuret focuses on crafting small lot Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wines from organically grown, cool-climate vineyards across the Pacific Northwest. This winery serves as a cool side project for Dr. Meuret, as his last two cool climate wines have impressed.
Both wines come from the very warm 2014 vintage, which was generally a challenging vintage for white wines. His 2014 Domaine J. Meuret 'Clos Pierre White Salmon Vineyard' Chardonnay (WWB, 92) is a stunning example of cool climate Washington Chardonnay, as the wine shows vibrant acidity despite the obvious heat of the vintage. Learn more about these really cool wines at http://jmeuret.com/ Here are the new release wines by Domaine J. Meuret.
2014 Domaine J. Meuret 'Clos Pierre White Salmon Vineyard' Chardonnay-Chardonnay- The White Salmon Vineyard is a 20 acre cool climate vineyard located in the Columbia Gorge region. This vineyard has gained a very strong reputation in the state for elegant Chardonnay. This wine begins with bright aromatics of pink grapefruit, white peach and lychee with Pazzaz apple. This leads to flavors of white peach, vanilla cream and New York apple pie with a saline streak. This has wonderful length and persistence. Drink 2017-2026- 92
2014 Domaine J. Meuret 'Les Cheney Phelps Creek Vineyard' Pinot Noir- The Phelps Creek Vineyard is set at 950–1,200 feet with an average annual rainfall of 36 inches. The soil is deep, reddish colored ancient volcanic soil. This wine utilizes Dijon 115 and Pommard clones. Having tasted through the Phelps Creek winery lineup, it is apparent that this cool climate site produces some wonderful grapes. Dr. Jon Meuret has crafted his Pinot Noir utilizing this great vineyard. This has lovely aromatics of bing cherry, red raspberry, sage and baking spices. This leads to flavors of red cherry, red raspberry, nutmeg and pomegranate seed with orange rind. This had lovely texture and range, as well as mid-palate weight as the warm vintage has added some intensity to the red fruits. This shows off wonderful minerality despite the obvious heat of the vintage. I can see this wonderful Pinot Noir wine cellar a decade or more. Drink 2017-2027- 92