Chêne Bleu

Rhône, France

Rosé, IGP Vaucluse – 2012

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  • Vineyard Profile

    • Estate vineyard

    • Cultivation: 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: 40 years
    • Soil: Clay and limestone, very stony
    • Elevation: 540 meters (1,771 feet)
    • Exposure: Northwest-facing slope
    • Density: 4,200 vines/hectare (1,700 vines/acre)
    • Training: Double-cordon de Royat, 6 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: 38 hectoliters/hectare (2.8 tons/acre)
  • Vinification

    • Fermentation: Very cold fermentation for 5 weeks in stainless steel
    • Maceration: Cold semi-carbonic maceration in press machine for 2 hours
    • Barrel Aging: 20% of the wine was aged for 3 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)
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 60% Grenache, 35% Syrah, 5% Cinsault
    • Cases Imported: 250 cases
    • Imported Case Pack: 6/750ml
    • Alcohol: 13%
  • Tasting Notes

    • Appearance: Pale red-currant pink, delicate, bright and clear
      Nose: Strawberry and red currant with notes of mandarin, citrus and exotic fruit
      Palate: Fresh, full-bodied, very fruity, with notes of red berries and a lengthy finish

    • Serving Suggestions: Grilled seafood, shellfish, fresh lobster, lightly spiced dishes, summer salads or tender lamb; Serve lightly chilled (14°C/57°F)

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Reviews

  • Rosé, IGP Vaucluse – 2012 – Drink this Now: Chêne Bleu Rosé – Saveur

    “…Its crisp nose has a distinct spine of redcurrant, and while it keeps some of that tart berry on the palate, it also introduces the richness of ripe red raspberry fruit, and a lovely round finish touched with acidity.“

  • Rosé, IGP Vaucluse – 2012 – 17 points – JancisRobinson.com

    “Fragrant with Victoria plum fruit and a touch of blossom. Wonderfully dry and firm on the palate, the tannins giving it a light but welcome structure. Both appetising and refreshing, and long with a grip on the finish boding well for the table."

  • Rosé, IGP Vaucluse – 2012 – #6 in Top Ten Rosé Tasting – The Drinks Business

    “Hailing from the Chêne Bleu estate bought by Nicole and Xavier Rolet in 1993 in the foothills of Mont Ventoux, this rosé is made from Syrah and Grenache…”

  • Rosé, IGP Vaucluse – 2012

    Pale red-currant pink, delicate, bright and clear. Strawberry and red currant aromas with notes of mandarin, citrus and exotic fruit. Fresh, full-bodied, very fruity, with notes of red berries and a lengthy finish.

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