Chêne Bleu

Rhône, France

Rosé, IGP Vaucluse – 2019

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  • Introduction

    • ‘Chêne Bleu’ means blue oak tree which forms the centerpiece of the label and which stands guard over the vines in real life (a centuries old oak tree that died during a drought and has now been painted with Bordeaux Mixture and sculpted into a beautiful shape. The picture on the label surrounding it is filled with many of the elements that make the wine and the project unique.

      Embedded in the drawing are dozens of references to what defines Chêne Bleu, taking into account the property’s history, its terroir, the cast of characters, values and philosophy.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • Appellation: IGP Vaucluse (Indication Geographique Protégée Vaucluse)
    • Viticulture: Organic and biodynamic practices
    • Vine Age: Grenache Noir, between 20 and 70 years old, North-West facing at 530m (1,738 feet). Syrah, between 20 and 50 years old, South-West facing at 540m (1,771 feet).
    • Soil: Argilo-limoneux — Clay and limestone, very stony
    • Density: 4,300 vines/hectare (1,740 vines/acre)
    • Training: Single cordon de Royat, 5 shoots per cordon; Double cordon de Royat, 6 shoots per cordon
  • Vinification

    • Fermentation: Direct press, skin contact at time of pressing for 1.5 hours; very cold fermentation for 5 weeks, 75% in stainless-steel tanks, 25% in French oak barrel
    • Aging: 25% of the wine was aged for 3 months in French oak barrels; mix of new and one-year-old with light toast
  • Technical Information

    • Aging potential: 3 years

    • Varietal Composition: Grenache Noir (60%), Syrah (15%), Rolle (12%), Cinsault (5%) and Mourvedre (8%)
    • Alcohol: 13.0
  • Tasting Notes

    • Appearance: Pale pink, clear with bright tints

      Nose: 
      Rich and aromatic. Hints of small red fruits with grapefruit, orange zest and floral aromas

      Palate:
      Balanced and fresh, both rich and elegant with a pleasant fruitiness

      Finish:
      Long citrus notes

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  • Chêne Bleu Rosé, IGP Vaucluse – 2019 – Jancis Robinson – 17 Points

    Pretty pale pink. Fresh fruit that reminds me of a cross between sour cherry and pear, perhaps grapefruit too, but there is also a light stony mineral layer. Although the pH is quite high, it does taste very fresh, more of a textural than an acidic freshness, with a serious weight of fruit on the mid palate even though it is not primarily fruity. Long, sustained, dry but full and rounded on the finish and surprisingly mouth-filling. That stony effect comes back again at the very end, leaving your mouth clean and ready for the next sip. This was still remarkably fresh two weeks after opening.

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