Drouhin

Veronique Drouhin and Master of Ceremonies, Chris Cree,
enjoy Drouhin’s award-winning Chardonnay at our 2010 event.

Winemaker Veronique Drouhin-Boss’ roots go deep – deep into her family’s 13 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 Veronique’s 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, not to mention her advanced enology degree from the University of Dijon, Veronique has lovingly crafted every drop of wine produced at Domaine Drouhin Oregon since the first vintage in 1988.

She seeks always to capture the essence of what nature has provided in their unique estate vineyards each year, rather than trying to dictate a particular style. Veronique herself is the embodiment of 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.

Veronique travels frequently between her home on the estate in Oregon and her home in Beaune. She and her husband have three young children, for whom the wines Arthur, Laurene and Louise are named.

The Domaine Drouhin wines have received world-wide acclaim from the press and wine lovers year after year. The Pinot Noir bottling are frequently awarded “Outstanding” scores from the Wine Spectator and Wine Advocate critics, and the Chardonnay was recently named “Best New World White Whine” by the UK’s influential Decanter magazine.

The fourth generation of Drouhins now work in Beaune and Oregon: Frederic is General Manager of Maison Joseph Drouhin, Philippe manages the estates in Burgundy and Oregon, Laurent is a regional commercial director, and winemaker Veronique has hand crafted every drop of wine at Domaine Droughin Oregon since 1988.

Of the future, Robert Drouhin has said, “I would like to think that one day, people will taste Oregon wines, and particularly our wines and will say ‘It is really true to the classic Burgundian Pinot Noir. Not a Cote de Beraune, not a Cote de Nuits, but uniquely Oregon.”

The fifth generation of Drouhins is still quite young, but there is no doubt that Joeph Drouhin’s great-great grandchildren will one day take their place in the family business.