Two from Maison Bleue

Hello friends. We’re continuing today with the new releases from Maison Bleue, one of the most popular producers we partner with. Along with a fresh 2012 Rosé and a reorder opportunity for the 2011 Jaja Red (already inspiring raves from list members who have picked up their share; see the bottom of this offering for another chance to get in), Jon Meuret has offered us access to the final parcel of a very cool white wine, now four years past vintage.

One pink, one white, one red: take your pick.

2012 Maison Bleue Rose “La Famille”

Jon debuted his all-Mourvedre Rosé last year with the 2011 vintage, and it was a huge success. Jeb Dunnuck (soon to have his first set of Washington reviews released for Wine Advocate) said “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD].” Rand Sealey gave it a 19/20pt review in Review of Washington Wines, and Sean Sullivan a ****/***** (Excellent/Exceptional) in Washington Wine Report. No reviews yet for the 2012, but I’m sure they’ll be coming along soon enough.

Now he’s back with the sophomore effort and smartly hasn’t changed much. This is still 100% Mourvedre, 100% Olsen Vineyard; still whole-cluster pressed into stainless steel; still picked specifically for Rosé, which you can see by the lovely 12.5% alcohol. Really the only thing that’s changed is the vintage. 2012 was decidedly warmer than 2011, so this has a plumper mid-palate whereas the 2011 was all nervy acid. The nose is a mix of creamy strawberries and earthy/herbal nuance. It’s dry, medium-bodied, and austerely-fruited; much more about crushed rock and leather spice than overt fruit, although there is a lovely plummy character that keeps things from being too lean-and-mean. A fine choice for a summer-into-autumn Rosé, and a good Thanksgiving option as well.

2009 Maison Bleue Roussanne “Soleil” Olsen Vineyard

We first offered this puppy way back in August 2010, and I’m thrilled to have another chance to access it. Here’s a trio of reviews from soon after release:

Wine Enthusiast (Paul Gregutt): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 94pts.”

Washington Wine Report (Sean Sullivan): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. Rating: ***** (Exceptional).” [Note: this was also #20 in Sean Sullivan’s Top Wines of 2010.]

Review of Washington Wines (Rand Sealey): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 19/20pts.”

A recent tasting revealed a wine moving beautifully along its aging curve, drinking somewhere between aged Chardonnay and aged Gruner. There are terrific savory complexities (celery, almond, biscuit) to complement an aromatic core of lemon-curd fruit. The palate is a rich, full, nut-inflected mix of earthy savories and citrus/stone fruits. It’s in a fascinating place: not yet fully mature, yet no longer displaying overt youth. A delicious adolescent, I suppose.

The Rose is first come first served up to 24 bottles, while the Soleil we may need to allocate; please limit order requests to 6 bottles. Both wines should arrive at the warehouse in the next few weeks, at which point they will be ready for pickup or shipping during the next temperature-appropriate shipping window.

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