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Chêne Bleu - Héloise

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  • 94 Points - The Wine Advocate

    "Moving to the reds and a perfumed, lightly textured and elegant effort, the 2007 Heloise is 60% Syrah, 37% Grenache and the balance Viognier, that’s vinified separately before blending prior to bottling. Fresh and complex, with vibrant black and blue fruits, violets and spice, this medium to full-bodied 2007 builds in the glass and is seamlessly textured and never puts a foot wrong. Still youthful, it should shine through 2019 or more.   Another up-and-coming estate (first vintage was 2006), Chene Bleu is located high up in the Dentelles de Montmirail, northeast of Gigondas, and covers roughly 70 acres of high altitude vineyards that are planted mostly to Syrah and Grenache, with the average age of the vines over 50 years in age. Restored by the Rolet family, with Jean-Louis Gallucci making the wines, this domaine has produced some incredible 2007s (as well as a smoking good 2010 white) that will compete with the finest efforts coming out of the Rhone Valley today. These are not cheap, but they certainly deliver on the quality front and show what’s possible from these higher elevation sites!  They’re well worth checking out. " - Jeb Dunnuck

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    • Chêne Bleu

      Chêne Bleu

      Onshore Cellars - ICONIC Producer

      In 1993 Nicole and Xavier Rolet began the task of restoring a medieval priory and vineyard that had been slumbering quietly for centuries in the foothills of Mount Ventoux in the southern Rhône. The estate was named La Verrière in 1427, after the glass-blowing workshop established there by Aliot Montvin.

      ‘With our passionate commitment to authenticity and quality we have dedicated ourselves to restoring the priory and the estate’s 35 hectare vineyard to the highest international standards. Our guiding principle is to preserve the integrity and history of the estate and its ‘terroir’ whilst enhancing its exceptional character.” - Xavier Rolet, Director

      The label Chêne Bleu takes its name from a magnificent ‘blue’ oak tree that symbolises the beauty and uniqueness of the vineyards and vines. During the great drought of 2005, the oak was rescued and transformed by Marc Nucera, a young Provençal tree sculptor. He protected and preserved the tree by treating its branches with bouillie bordelaise, the blue-green solution used to protect organic vineyards around the world.

      Situated at an altitude of 550m in the UNESCO biosphere of Mont Ventoux, the vineyards are planted predominantly with old vine Grenache and Syrah. Over the last decade other traditional Rhône varieties have been plated such as Roussanne, Marsanne, Viognier, Clairette and Mourvedre. The estate is farmed biodynamically and has a state-of-the art gravity led winery.

      “We have endeavoured to capture and celebrate the uniqueness and diversity of our land by dividing it into mini parcels, or plots, that reflect the specific terroir characteristics of each section, then tailoring our viticultural practices accordingly.” - Xavier Rolet

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