Chêne Bleu

Rhône, France

Aliot, Vin de Pays du Vaucluse – 2010

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  • Introduction

    • Aliot de Montvin was an artisan glassblower of noble birth who named the estate “La Verrière,” or “The Glassblowing Workshop,” in 1427. By this time, vines had been grown on the slopes of the Dentelles for as many as four centuries during the Middle Ages. This wine is named in recognition of the artisan who named our estate so long ago.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • Estate vineyard

    • Viticulture: Organic and biodynamic practices
    • Size: A total of approximately 30 hectares are under cultivation (74 acres) at Chêne Bleu, from which all the wines are produced
    • Vine Age: Planted 2000 and 2001
    • Soil: Clay and limestone, very stony
    • Elevation: 550 meters (1,804 feet)
    • Exposure: Northwest-facing slopes
    • Density: 4,800 vines/hectare (1,943 vines/acre)
    • Training: Double cordon de Royat, 4 shoots per cordon
  • Vintage Report

    • A very cold and dry winter with a great deal of wind and frost. Rainy spring was followed by a hot summer. Harvest at the end of September, one week later than the regular season, with clear and sunny weather, no rain in sight. A fresh and fruity vintage.

    • Yields: 22 hectoliters/hectare (1.63 tons/acre)
  • Vinification

    • Fermentation: Cold fermentation (16°C/61°F) in Demi-muids (600-liter or 159-gallon barrels); short, cold maceration on skins for just 2 hours, then direct to press
    • Barrel Aging: 6-8 months in oak barrels; mix of old and new French oak from various coopers, primarily 228-liter (60-gallon) barrels with medium and medium-plus toast
    • Filtration: Tangential filtration
    • Fining: Green-pea fining (no PVPP)
    • Bottle Aging: 1-2 years
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 65% Roussanne, 30% White Grenache, 5% Marsanne, touch of Viognier
    • Cases Imported: 45 cases
    • Imported Case Pack: 6/750ml
    • Alcohol: 14%
  • Tasting Notes

    • Appearance: Shiny straw-yellow with hints of gold
      Nose: Powerful and aromatically expressive, peach and pear notes, with fresh pineapple
      Palate: Fruity sweetness, fresh flavors of stone fruits mixed with a touch of grapefruit; finish is ample and sustained

    • Serving Suggestions: Ideally paired with foods such as salmon or poultry in cream sauce, paté and characterful French cheeses. Serve lightly chilled (14°C/57°F)

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Reviews

  • Aliot, Vin de Pays du Vaucluse – 2010 93 points – Wine Spectator

  • Aliot, Vin de Pays du Vaucluse – 2010 – Exceptional – Bigger Than Your Head

    "...the wine is rich and honeyed in every sense, with scents and flavors of spiced pears and peaches, candied quince and ginger and hints of papaya and mango."

  • Aliot, Vin de Pays du Vaucluse – 2010 – 93 points – eRobertParker.com

    “Beautifully rich and textured, yet also brilliantly pure and precise, it has loads of ripe peach and orchard fruit, creme, brioche, mineral and hints of honeysuckle all emerging from the glass.”

  • Aliot, Vin de Pays du Vaucluse – 2010

    Shiny straw-yellow with hints of gold. Powerful and aromatically expressive, peach and pear notes, with fresh pineapple. Fruity sweetness, fresh flavors of stone fruits mixed with a touch of grapefruit; finish is ample and sustained.

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