Featured Winery of September-Maison Blue


 Maison Bleue is a family-owned winery dedicated to the production of terroir-driven wines from designated vineyards and appellations located across Washington State. We focus primarily on Rhône varieties such as Grenache, Syrah, Marsanne and Viognier, as well as Chardonnay. Our winemaking is an uncompromised style of traditional techniques, gentle handling and a modest use of French oak. Our wines combine European sensibility with a controlled New World opulence.

 “Best Emerging Winery 2011” -Seattle Magazine       

“Personally I’ve tasted through these wines and find them astonishing”- David Lower- owner Black Door Wine Co.

Cases Produced: 305

2011 “Au Contraire” French Creek Vineyard Chardonnay

The wine displays delicate aromas of white peach, hazelnut, wet stone, tangerine, and honey. There is great mid-palate weight with flavors of ripe pear, cinnamon, minerals, citrus, balanced acidity and a long persistent finish. Try this wine with seafood, poultry, veal, foie gras, braised pork, and soft or fully ripened cheeses. 100% Chardonnay

The Rhône Report – 92 points $25.00
Washington Wine Report – 4/5 Stars

2010 “Notre Vie” Arthur’s Vineyard Viognier

The 2010 Notre Vie displays distinctive aromatics of nectarine, honeysuckle, white peach, cinnamon, and fresh bread. Rich fruit flavors of dried apricot, pear and honey are seamlessly counter-balanced with intense minerality and bright acidity. Pair with poultry, seafood, roasted game, pork, spicy foods, hard and soft cheeses, as well as, your favorite fruit. 100% Viognier

The Rhône Report – 91 points $25.00
Rand Sealey’s Review of Washington Wines – 19/20 points

Cases Produced: 305

2010 “Jaja” G.S.M.

Captivating aromas of black licorice, tar, violets, orange peel, blackberries, and white peppercorns lead to an intense, silky, savory wine with lots of roasted herbs, minerals, spice notes, meat, and black fruit flavors on the palate. This wine pairs well with beef, lamb, wild game, rich flavored stews, and mild, firm savory cheeses. 37% Grenache, 37% Syrah and 26% Mourvedrè

Wine Enthusiast – 92 points & Editors’ Choice $27.95
The Rhône Report – 92 points
Washington Wine Report – 5/5 Stars

Cases Produced: 390

2010 “La Montagnette” Upland Vineyard Grenache

A deep garnet colored wine offering up delicate notes of kirsch, black raspberry, jasmine, slate & cassis. These exotic aromatics are followed in the mouth by rich flavors of black cherries, dark plum, silky tannins and balanced acidity. The finish is long, concentrated, powerful and refined. This wine pairs well with beef, grilled pork, lamb, poultry, wild game, tuna, pasta and mild, firm cheeses. 100% Grenache

Wine Enthusiast – 94 points & Cellar Selection $36.95
The Rhône Report – 93 points

Cases Produced: 165

2010 “Liberté” Boushey Vineyard Syrah

A gorgeous nose of braised figs, bacon, dark chocolate, white pepper and dried orange peel are all beautifully focused around an abundance of black currant, licorice, pomegranate, minerals, and roasted nuts. The mouth feel is elegant and refined, with tremendous concentration, multiple layers of flavor, and supple rounded tannins. Pair this wine with lamb, wild game, beef, hearty stews and hard savory cheeses.100% Syrah

The Rhône Report – 94 points

Cases Produced: 200
Bottle Price: $40 


Maison Blue-a winery to watch

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About David Lower

We are a boutique wine store located in the N. Tacoma Proctor district, researching and finding small winerys that make no more than 2000 cases a year, we taste and retaste to be sure of the quality, with in depth understanding what the winemaker is accomplishing, the nuances that make great wine. David Lower started collecting small winemakers in the early 90s from Spain, Italy, Burgundy, California, Washington, Oregon. "Procuring and tasting every wine I could afford to buy was essential to gaining some idea of what exits in the wine world". Victoria Johnson is the store Manager at Black Door Wine Company, a visual artist, understands that details make all the difference in good and great wine. She enjoys exploring the wines with David developing her palate gaining a quick and refine knownledge. .
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