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Chene Bleu Abelard

About the Wine:
The storied romance of Heloise and Abelard is the inspiration for this wine. Rich, spicy, and meaty aromas with a lush and bold palate that features notes of blackberry, Morello cherry, and baking spices. Nicely dense with warm, sweet, and spicy fruit that is backed by grippy tannins.
About the Producer:
Family run, Chene Bleu is nestled in the foothills of France's Mont Ventoux. This 340-acre property sits within a 200,000 acre UNESCO designated nature preserve and is named after the centuries-old oak tree that graces the property. The winery dates to the early Middle Ages – it was a priory of the Knights Templar and home to the celebrated 15th century glassblower Aliot de Montvin. Chene Bleu remained a working vineyard until the 1960's when it was abandoned due to conflicting inheritance and ownership claims. Xavier and Nicole Rolet bought the property in 1993 and have meticulously restored the estate to its former glory. They are firm believers in the benefits of biodynamic farming. Vineyard work is timed according to the biodynamic calendar and the vines are treated with homeopathic solutions – no synthetic chemicals are used.
Technical Info:
(90% Grenache/10% Syrah). The grapes were harvested from 45+ year old vines, cold macerated for three days in wood tanks, fermented for 10 days with punch downs, pumps overs and delestage twice a day, then macerated on their skins for four weeks. Aged for 11 months in new and neutral oak, the wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered and aged for an additional 3-4 years.
At harvest, whole bunches are immediately transported to the winery and sorted twice. 90% of the red grapes and all of the whites are destemmed. A Vaslin press is used to gently press the grapes and each parcel is vinified separately. The whites and roses are housed in 22 temperature controlled stainless steel tanks and the reds ferment in stainless steel or conical oak tanks. The wines are aged in oak, steel, concrete, or a combination thereof, depending on the varietal and parcel. The wines are generally aged in equal proportions of new and year-old barrels from France's top cooperages. The family has deliberately stepped outside the current AOC framework to create wines that express a specific sense of place rather than conforming to appellation standards. This places them in a new category of wines that journalists have dubbed “Super-Rhones.”