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Chêne Bleu
Abélard, AOC Ventoux – 2012

Wine Enthusiast
95 Points

Shaded by accents of autumn leaves, caramelized balsamic and nutmeg but retains a penetrating core of blackberry and black-plum flavors. Cut with shards of limestone and salt, this invigorating, peppery wine finishes long on fine, feathery tannins and a murmur of leather.

Anna Lee C. Iijima, October 2021
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Chêne Bleu
Le Rosé, IGP Vaucluse — 2020

JancisRobinson.com
17.5 Points

Stunning complexity, length and intention. Fresh cedary spice weaves through fleshy peach fruit; granite dust through wild cherries; lavender through nectarines. It’s full yet fine, unfurling into every corner of the palate, saturated with stony minerality and sweet bitters. On the finish, a very subtle salty alpine-strawberry sherbet buzz. Up there as one of the beautiful rosés I’ve tasted.

Tamlyn Currin, August 2021
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Chêne Bleu
Le Rosé, IGP Vaucluse – 2019

Wine Enthusiast
90 Points

Hints of smoke and crushed granite on the nose accent zesty raspberry and strawberry on the palate of this dry, Grenache-dominant rosé. just a hint pink in color, it's a vibrantly mineral, thirst-quenching sip that begs for beach side picnics.

Anna Lee C. Iijima, July 2021
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Chêne Bleu
Aliot, Vin de Pays du Vaucluse – 2015

Wine Spectator
93 Points

Really lovely and alluring, with buttered brioche, creamed yellow apple, verbena and melon notes swirling around together. A salted butter detail drapes the finish, which has underlying zip and a floral edge for balance.

James Molesworth, June 2021
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Chêne Bleu
Le Rosé, IGP Vaucluse – 2019

Vinous
93 Points

Bright salmon skin. Powerful, mineral-accented nectarine, raspberry, and melon scents complemented by citrus pith and floral nuances. Vibrant red berry, blood orange, nectarine and candied lavender flavors possess impressive depth as well as energy. Shows strong tension and repeating mineral character on the long, gently chewy finish, which leaves a floral note behind.

Josh Raynolds, June 2021
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Chêne Bleu
Le Rosé, IGP Vaucluse — 2020

Vinous
93 Points

Pale orange-pink. Mineral-tinged red berry, honeydew and pit fruit aromas show excellent clarity, and a suave floral note emerges as the wine opens. Palate-staining peach nectar, raspberry and melon flavors are braced by a spine of juicy acidity. The mineral quality resonates on an impressively persistent finish that features a lingering floral quality and a hint of tarragon.

Josh Raynolds, June 2021
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Chêne Bleu
Le Rosé, IGP Vaucluse – 2019

Decanter
91 Points

Watermelon. It's a full-bodied rosé, but there's good freshness. Touch of tangerine on the finish. Good acidity - well balanced, gastronomic rosé.

Matt Walls, October 2020
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Chêne Bleu
Le Rosé, IGP Vaucluse — 2020

VinePair
92 Points

A nice and heady rose. It has a savory vibe with smells of herbs and raspberries. There is a slight creaminess on the mouthfeel. Great wine for a cheese plate or lean meats.

Keith Beavers, May 2021
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Chêne Bleu
Abélard, AOC Ventoux – 2012

The Tasting Panel
95 Points

Thirty- and 40-year-old vines grown on stony clay and limestone soil in the south of France produced this marvelous blend of 85% Grenache Noir and 15% Syrah, which spent 18 months in French oak and two years in bottle. A perfume of lilac and licorice exudes from the glass. The deep and dark palate is beautifully assembled, with velvet-lined tannins, dried heather, black cherry, and winsome notes of peppered plum.

Meridith May, January 2021
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Chêne Bleu
Abélard, AOC Ventoux – 2012

VinePair
94 Points

This wine is wonderful. It smells like a forest in autumn, and cooking herbs like oregano and rosemary. There is also a hint of bramble fruit (blackberries, raspberries) fresh off the prickly vine. The palate is savory, with a whiff of black pepper, and the tannins are still a bit dusty around the edges, but the wine is drinking well now. This is a great wine for roast pork, turkey, or any lean meat on the holiday table.

Keith Beavers, October 2020
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Chêne Bleu
Héloïse, Vin de Pays du Vaucluse – 2012

Wine Spectator
92 Points

This offers up a deep well of warm, crushed plum, açai and blackberry fruit flavors that glide over hints of loam, sage and menthol, all backed by a lingering licorice root note on the fleshy finish. Distinctive. Syrah, Grenache, and Roussanne. Drink now through 2025.

James Molesworth, November 2020
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Chêne Bleu
Abélard, AOC Ventoux – 2012

Wine Spectator
91 Points

Rich and broad in feel, with a lightly roasted edge to the mix of crushed plum, blackberry and raspberry fruit. Garrugue, singed alder and warm stone notes emerge steadily through the still-grippy finish. Grenache and Syrah. Drink now through 2024.

James Molesworth, November 2020
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Chêne Bleu
Abélard, AOC Ventoux – 2012

The Wine Advocate
93 Points

A blend of 85% Grenache and 15% Syrah, the 2012 IGP Vaucluse Abelard is nominally the more "masculine" of the two red cuvées. In fact, this vintage, the Abelard is softer and plusher, albeit slightly less complex. Smoky elements frame ripe black cherries on the nose, while the medium to full-bodied palate is ripe and supple, giving way to a velvety feel on the finish.

Joe Czerwinski, September 2020
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Chêne Bleu
Héloïse, Vin de Pays du Vaucluse – 2012

The Wine Advocate
93 Points

A blend of 65% Syrah, 31% Grenache and 4% Roussanne, the 2012 IGP Vaucluse Heloise spent 18 months in oak prior to blending and bottling. Hints of sweaty leather and scorched meat combine with black olives and raspberries on the nose, while the palate is medium to full-bodied, supple and concentrated, with a long finish. Overall, it does a lovely job marrying fruity and savory elements and bringing them together in a silk-wrapped package.

Joe Czerwinski, September 2020
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Chêne Bleu
Héloïse, Vin de Pays du Vaucluse – 2011

Wine Spectator
93 Points

This late-release version sports a broad and slightly mature feel, with roasted meat, dried bay leaf, tobacco and smoldering alder wood notes swirling around a core of steeped plum, blackberry and fig fruit flavors. Shows a lovely tug of loam at the very end. Distinctive. Syrah, Grenache and Roussanne. Drink now through 2024. 1,000 cases made, 200 cases imported.

James Molesworth, Web Only - 2020
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Chêne Bleu
Héloïse, Vin de Pays du Vaucluse – 2010

JancisRobinson.com
17.5 Points

Unusual on the nose because it has lots of peppery Syrah character but also a definite red-fruit quality. Beautifully fine texture, great restraint, although it opens up in the glass to a more fragrant side and marked persistence. It smells really cool even though the wine itself is room temperature. Still youthful but coming into its stride, fresh and cool on the finish.

Julia Harding MW, December 2015
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Chêne Bleu
Héloïse, Vin de Pays du Vaucluse – 2010

Vinous
93 Points

Opaque ruby. Highly fragrant, mineral-accented aromas of ripe dark fruits, candied licorice and woodsmoke develop an Indian spice nuance in the glass. Fleshy and impressively concentrated but energetic as well, offering bitter cherry and boysenberry flavors that become sweeter with air. Finishes with strong, mineral-driven persistence and velvety tannins that sneak up slowly.

Josh Raynolds, June 2016
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Chêne Bleu
Héloïse, Vin de Pays du Vaucluse – 2010

The Wine Advocate
93 Points

The 2010 Heloise is another in a string of fabulous wines from this estate located high up in the Ventoux. The smoky, herbal aromas are reminiscent of Côte Rôtie, and in many ways, this is a more northern expression of the Rhône. It's lithe and medium-bodied, with a silky mouthfeel and long, espresso-tinged finish, all imparting a sense of easy elegance to this blend of Syrah, Grenache and Viognier. It can be drunk now and over the next decade or more.

Joe Czerwinski, October 2017
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Chêne Bleu
Le Rosé, IGP Vaucluse – 2019

JancisRobinson.com
17 Points

Pretty pale pink. Fresh fruit that reminds me of a cross between sour cherry and pear, perhaps grapefruit too, but there is also a light stony mineral layer. Although the pH is quite high, it does taste very fresh, more of a textural than an acidic freshness, with a serious weight of fruit on the mid palate even though it is not primarily fruity. Long, sustained, dry but full and rounded on the finish and surprisingly mouth-filling. That stony effect comes back again at the very end, leaving your mouth clean and ready for the next sip. This was still remarkably fresh two weeks after opening.

Julia Harding MW, May 2020
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Chêne Bleu
Rosé, IGP Vaucluse – 2017

JancisRobinson.com
17 Points

Pale orangey pink. Lightly smoky and peppery at first, dusty and tangy Victoria plum fruit. Gently chewy in texture but a foundation of fresh red fruit but not simply fruity. There's structure and firm texture here with some red fruit just filling out the core. Fresh and long. Serious rosé with a core intensity with a long stony finish.

Julia Harding MW, July 2018
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