The Chêne Bleu's flagship red wine is named after the famed Philosopher Pierre Abélard to reflect its forceful, brooding intensity and showcase the opulence and concentration of the old-vine Grenache (85%) over 60 yo, with some Syrah (15%) over 50 yo, to add to the complex structure. Soil is made of clay-limestone. Organic farming.
Appearance: A deep, brilliant garnet.
Nose: Notes of fine spice and white pepper with ripe black cherries.
Palate: Smooth and silky with ripe red fruits and velvety tannins.
Finish: Long and smooth.
Aging potential: 15-20 years
In 1993, Xavier Rolet, a Frenchman in his thirties who has lived in the US and London, wants to return to his roots, his family and his love of the land. He looks for a small vineyard around Châteauneuf-du-Pape and finds instead a large pre-Medieval estate in a terrible condition, with 30 ha of run-down but magnificent old vines and a 9 th century priory with no water or electricity, in the heart of a large forest.
It takes over 12 years to introduce organic and biodynamic practices, restore the biodiversity around the vineyard and help it reveal its GrandCru potential. The first commercial release is 2010.
135 hectare estate within the UNESCO-designated Mont Ventoux Biosphere Reserve, reflected in its micro-climate and biodiversity of flora and fauna. One of the highest wineries in France, at 500-550m, in the Vaucluse, above Gigondas and near Châteauneuf-du-Pape.
Rolling hills on a plateau at the top of the Northern face of the St Amand in the spectacular limestone outcropping known as the Dentelles de Montmirail. Southern Rhône climate and more Northern Rhône-type coolness due to altitude and soils.
Appellation: A critically-acclaimed, super-premium Vin de Pays from the Southern Rhône. We’re on top of 4 appellations, so our best wines are produced as IGP for freedom of expression, leading international press to refer to Chêne Bleu as the first “Super Rhône”, for ability to punch above its weight and the expectations of the IGP appellation.
Production: Tiny production of “couture” wines of under 60 000 bottles, usually about 2300 cases per year across 5/6 wines: small batches of “collectible” wines like award-winning, flagship reds, Abélard & Héloïse, their easy-drinking companion ‘Astralabe’, a refreshing but complex Rosé, our premium Roussanne blend, ‘Aliot’, and a graceful 100% Viognier.