Chêne Bleu

Rhône, France

Rosé, IGP Vaucluse – 2015

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  • Vineyard Profile

    • Estate vineyard

    • Cultivation: Organic and biodynamic practices (not certified)
    • Size: 30 hectares under cultivation (74 acres)
    • Vine Age: 60 years
    • Soil: Clay and limestone, very stony
    • Elevation: 540 meters (1,771 feet)
    • Exposure: Northwest-facing slope
    • Density: 4,300 vines/hectare (1,740 vines/acre)
    • Training: Double-cordon de Royat, 6 shoots per cordon
  • Vintage Report

    • The 2015 harvest was a bit earlier than usual, after a cold winter, rainy spring and a very hot summer with intermittent storms. September was also hot, with one major rainfall mid-month. A cool, sunny October spurred an early harvest, during which time there was some concern from two major rainstorms.

    • Harvest Date(s): September 21-October 14
    • Yields: 35 hectoliters/hectare (2.59 tons/acre)
  • Vinification

    • Fermentation: Direct press, skin contact at time of pressing for 1.5 hours; cold fermentation, 75% in stainless steel, 25% in French oak barrels
    • Barrel Aging: 25% 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 light toast
    • Filtration: Tangential filtration
    • Fining: Green pea powder
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 65% Grenache, 30% Syrah, 5% Cinsault
    • Cases Imported: 1,000 cases
    • Imported Case Pack: 6/750ml
    • Alcohol: 13.5%
  • Tasting Notes

    • Appearance: Crystal-clear, pale rose pink
      Nose: Strawberries and citrus with hints of jasmine and passion fruit
      Palate: Expressive summer fruits; fresh, full-bodied and fruity with a crisp, elegant finish

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



  • Rosé, IGP Vaucluse – 2015 – 16 points –

    "Pale tomato pink. Straightforward herby scents and very round fruit with real savour. Quite long."

  • Rosé, IGP Vaucluse – 2015 – 91 points – Decanter

    “Pale pink. Sun-ripened creamy rich peach and apricot fruit with Provencal garrigue, dried herb notes and fresh acidity. Classic Provence rosé.”

  • Rosé, IGP Vaucluse – 2015 – 91 points – Vinous

    “… Aromas of fresh red berries, orange pith and dusty minerals, joined by a suave floral nuance that builds in the glass. Silky, focused and energetic on the palate, offering juicy strawberry and tangerine flavors ...”

  • Rosé, IGP Vaucluse – 2015 – 91 points – The Wine Advocate

    “A fabulous effort that has finesse, elegance and texture … perfumed notes of rose petals, framboise and strawberries. This seamless beauty can be enjoyed on its own, but it will pair beautifully with any number of dishes as well.”