Chêne Bleu

Rhône, France

Rosé, IGP Vaucluse – 2013

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  • Vineyard Profile

    • Estate vineyard

    • Cultivation: Organic and biodynamic practices (not certified)
    • 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

    • 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 3 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: 65% Grenache, 30% Syrah, 5% Cinsault
    • Cases Imported: 800 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 – 2013 – 90 points – The Tasting Panel

    "Juicy and crisp with nice spice and racy acidity; balanced and neatly structured; elegant and fresh with smooth texture; long and balanced."

  • Rosé, IGP Vaucluse – 2013 – 91 points – Vinous

    “Blood orange and raspberry notes cling tenaciously on the lucid, mineral-driven finish. This concentrated wine really outperforms its appellation.”

  • Rosé, IGP Vaucluse – 2013 – 91 points – Wine Enthusiast

    "This is a very pale rosé from a relatively high elevation site, so it shows ample crispness and elegance. Delicate aromas of herbs and citrus lead into flavors of peach and lime, with a bit of wet stone on the long, refreshing finish."

  • Rosé, IGP Vaucluse – 2013 – Excellent – Bigger Than Your Head

    "...if this isn't the best rose wine I tasted this year, I can’t think immediately of what the better one is. The color is a classic pale onion skin hue; the whole impression is of a delicate, even ethereal construct that nonetheless retains a slightly earthy, loamy, smoky aspect."

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