Chêne Bleu

Rhône, France

Abélard, Vin de Pays du Vaucluse – 2010

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  • Introduction

    • Abélard, one of the most distinguished philosophers of medieval times, is most remembered for his tragic romance with the gifted young Héloïse. One of history’s most celebrated couples, Héloïse and Abélard are known for their intellectual brilliance, passionate love affair, eloquent letters and the tragedy that cruelly separated them. Sometimes referred to as “the Romeo and Juliet of France,” they were actually far more complex and accomplished individuals, and their love spanned many decades until the end of their lives, making it a symbol of enduring romantic love. This complex, brooding Grenache blend from older vines seems worthy of Abélard, who combined erudition with deep thinking and a near-fatal attraction.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • Viticulture: Organic and biodynamic practices
    • Vine Age: Grenache - over 40 years old; Syrah - 30 years old
    • Soil: Clay and limestone, very stony
    • Elevation: 540 meters (1,771 feet)
    • Exposure: Southwest facing
  • Vinification

    • Fermentation: In wooden tanks, with skin maceration for 5 weeks; 100% malolactic
    • Barrel Aging: 18 months in mix of old and new French oak from various coopers, primarily 228-liter (60-gallon) barrels with medium and medium-plus toast; plus 12 months in concrete tanks
    • Filtration: Unfiltered
    • Fining: Unfined
    • Bottle Aging: 2 years
  • Tasting Notes

    • Appearance: Deep, brilliant garnet
      Nose: Abélard’s rich brooding character lifts from the glass, displaying ripe, red fruit, black cherry and notes of sweet spice and mocha
      Palate: Rich and concentrated; spice and silky tannins bring structure and depth.
      Finish: Ample and lengthy

    • Serving Suggestions: Enjoy with roast beef, venison, duck and roasted vegetables. Decant for 2-3 hours and serve at room temperature.
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 85% Grenache, 15% Syrah
    • Alcohol: 14.5%

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Reviews

  • Chêne Bleu Vin de Pays de Vaucluse “Abélard” – 2010 – Wine Spectator – 92 Points

    Ripe and enticing, offering layers of fig, dark currant and blackberry fruit that are well-steeped but still detailed, woven with notes of anise, warm tobacco and roasted alder. Delivers a broad feel on the finish, with the wood playing a prominent role. Very solid. Grenache and Syrah. Drink now through 2022.

  • Abélard, Vin de Pays du Vaucluse – 2010 – 94 Points – Jeb Dunnuck

    "Made from 80-85% old vine Grenache and the rest Syrah, the 2010 Abelard is much more Provençal and has a ton of ripe black fruits, licorice, and leafy herbs, as well as some olive tapenade, in a full-bodied, concentrated, ripe, sexy style."

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