Domaine Drouhin turns out some of the top wines in the region, period. The focus on Chardonnay and Pinot Noir is hardly surprising since the family is one of the finest producers in Burgundy, the historic home of both grapes.
Obviously DDO, as Domaine Drouhin Oregon is known, is more associated with Pinot Noir, as almost every winery in Oregon is. The truth is that DDO is in no small part responsible for this fame and recognition since they have devoted great resources to their operations from the very beginning. In those early days of the late 1980s, the Willamette Valley was still a footnote in most wine books. The majority of wineries, many of which produced fabulous wines, simply didn’t have the resources necessary to take things to the next level either in production or in marketing.
DDO did, and they shared much of their efforts and rewards with the entire region community. Today, DDO continues these efforts and as much as they did for Pinot Noir, they are gradually helping to put the Willamette Valley on the map for Chardonnay. It would be easy to point out the luxury Cuvee Arthur as being worthy of note, but even their basic Willamette Valley bottling is absolutely delicious and helping to establish a style for the region (lean, fresh and focused).