The Walla Walla Valley was carefully selected as the location for Maison Bleue to position it amongst high quality vineyards and grape sources. The vineyards we’ve selected practice responsible viticulture, ranging from organic to sustainable management. Our style of winemaking focuses on the distinction of these sites as well as achieving true varietal characteristics.
Blue Mountain Vineyard
Owned by Michael Corliss, of Corliss Estates and Tranche Cellars, Blue Mountain Vineyard occupies a spectacular site in the foothills of the Blue Mountains. Originally planted in 2001 and at an elevation reaching 1,300 feet, it has become home to some of the rarest Rhône varietals, including the first planting of Clairette Blanche in the country. The consistent soil type is Walla Walla silt loam, most often referred to Loess. This ancient flow sediment, deposited over twelve thousand years ago during the recurring Missoula floods. Soils are deep, rich and well drained. Sustainable farming methods are mandatory in all of their vineyards, and here they are in the process of moving further into biodynamic viticulture. Currently, a flock of Old English Southdown "Babydoll" Sheep have been employed to provide an environmentally friendly way of maintaining vineyard ground cover during the growing season. Their 'recycled grass' serves to improve soil fertility and play an important role in their sustainable practices. Wines are floral with black plum, dark licorice, tar and meatiness. A truly classic site for Syrah.
Les Colines Vineyard
French for "The Foothills," Les Collines sits at the base of the Blue Mountains with an upper elevation of 1,380 feet. The two distinct soil types for this vineyard are a combination of Athena and Walla Walla silt loam. Block 46, our source for Syrah, is located at the upper elevation and is predominately composed of Athena series. It consists of deep, well drained soils that formed in loess mixed with volcanic ash. Les Collines Vineyard is sustainably farmed, Salmon Safe and LIVE certified. Salmon Safe and LIVE are partners dedicated to restoring and maintaining healthy watersheds. LIVE provides third-party sustainable certification through the European organization IOBC (International Organization of Biological Control). LIVE (Low Input Viticulture Enology) is a non profit organization providing education and certification for vineyards using international standards of sustainable viticulture practices in wine grape production. A cool climate vineyard that shows a Burgundian side to Syrah with a fine line between power and elegance. Violets, lavender, black licorice, pine tar and morel mushrooms combine with dense, blue fruit flavors.
Planted in 2007 by Mark and Monette Hoffmeister, this higher elevation vineyard lies on the most easterly boundary of "The Rocks District." Located at an elevation of almost 1,000 feet and situated closer to the mountains, cold air drains well, mitigating the chance for freeze. The predominant soils are alluvial sediments derived from Blue Mountain basalt loaded with iron, magnesium and calcium. These large cobblestones are incredibly coarse and well-drained pushing the vines to their limits. Monette's Vineyard is sustainably farmed and is currently awaiting VINEA certification. Soon to become our single vineyard source of Grenache, one can expect classic kirsch, raspberry, white pepper and slate with rich flavors of dark plum, cherries, silky tannins and earthy minerals.
Pepper Bridge Vineyard
Located on the eastern edge of the Walla Walla Valley, Pepper Bridge Vineyard was planted in 1991 by Norm McKibben. The soils are deep silt and loam, and the vines are planted on elevated terrace islands formed by ancient slackwater drainage from the Walla Walla River at about 900 feet elevation. Pepper Bridge is a cooler site, often ripening 10 to 14 days later than Seven Hills. Pepper Bridge Vineyard is sustainably farmed, Salmon Safe and VINEA certified. VINEA partners with LIVE in Oregon to provide third-party sustainable certification through the European organization IOBC (International Organization for Biological Control). With a focus on soil biology and vine health, they farm using minimal inputs and earth-friendly environmental practices. The Syrah sourced from here displays dark fruit, leather, tobacco, earthiness and distinct black pepper.
Seven Hills Vineyard
The vineyard was established in 1981 at the south central portion of the Walla Walla Valley appellation. With an elevation of 900 – 1,100 feet, the site has excellent soil and air drainage. The soils in this vineyard are in the Ellisford Series, which is a wind-blown glacial loess that is geologically young and rich in minerals. Seven Hills Vineyard was named by Wine & Spirits Magazine (Fall 2004) as one of "Ten Great Vineyards of the World!" Seven Hills is also certified Salmon Safe and part of VINEA, a sustainable vineyard program tailored specifically to the micro-climate of the Walla Walla Valley. They utilize organic composts and earth compost tea to build soil health and nurture healthy vines, virtually eliminating the use of herbicides and pesticides. Our Syrah shows a characteristic rich elegance, earthy structure, seductive aromas and a complex, silky finish.
This was the very first vineyard planted in the "Rocks" region by the Waliser family. The predominant soil is an alluvial material washed down the Blue Mountains by the Walla Walla River. What is left is a uniform soil type consisting of large cobblestones that are incredibly coarse and well-drained. Not only forcing the roots to go deep, the rocks facilitate the transfer of heat to deeper layers in the soil thus invigorating the vine and encouraging maturation. Waliser Vineyard is sustainably farmed, Salmon Safe and VINEA certified. VINEA partners with LIVE in Oregon to provide third-party sustainable certification through the European organization IOBC (International Organization for Biological Control). With a focus on soil biology and vine health, they farm using minimal inputs and earth-friendly environmental practices. Our single vineyard source for Cabernet Sauvignon offers up classic red and black currant fruit, crushed rock, leaf tobacco and cassis with firm but velvety tannins. The proverbial iron fist in a velvet glove.
Yellow Jacket Vineyard
This is the second oldest Syrah to have been planted in the "Rocks" region by Tom Waliser. The original planting of Cabernet Sauvignon goes back to 1997 with Syrah added in 2001. While soils throughout much of the appellation are derived from Missoula Flood sediments that are rich in granite-derived silica, sodium, and potassium, Yellow Jacket Vineyard sediments are derived from Blue Mountains basalt loaded with iron, magnesium and calcium. Yellow Jacket Vineyard is sustainably farmed, Salmon Safe and VINEA certified. VINEA partners with LIVE in Oregon to provide third-party sustainable certification through the European organization IOBC (International Organization for Biological Control). With a focus on soil biology and vine health, they farm using minimal inputs and earth-friendly environmental practices. Our single vineyard source for Syrah shows the typical "Rocks" profile of meatiness, savory and earth with a dense core of black fruits.