Chêne Bleu

Rhône, France

Héloïse, Vin de Pays du Vaucluse – 2011

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  • Introduction

    • Héloïse and Abélard (our other flagship red wine) are one of history’s most celebrated couples, 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 during the Middle Ages until the end of their lives, making it a symbol of enduring romantic love. The perfumed, intense but restrained character of this Syrah blend reminded us of Héloïse, whose intellect was matched by passion which, though bridled, never died.

  • 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: Grenache - 530 meters (1,738 feet); Syrah - 540 meters (1,771 feet)
    • Exposure: Grenache - northwest facing; Syrah - 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
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 65% Syrah, 31% Grenache Noir, 4% Roussanne
    • Alcohol: 14%
  • Tasting Notes

    • Appearance: A magnificent garnet color, deep and intense.
      Nose: Rich with notes of coffee, dark fruits, truffle, mocha and blueberry.
      Palate: Complex yet balanced, both fresh and intense, voluptuous.
      Finish: Very long on the palate, with lingering notes of dark fruits and fine tannins.

    • Serving Suggestions: A generous and intense wine with strong aging potential, ideally suited to lamb, red meat and roasted vegetables. Decant for 2-3 hours and serve at room temperature.