Chene Bleu Rose
About the Wine: 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. 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: The climate of the area – warm days, cool nights and strong winds – tends to produce concentrated and balanced fruit. The terrain is uneven and rugged so all vineyard work, including harvest, must be done by hand. In 2006, the Rolets completed a state of the art, four story, gravity fed winery. Only estate fruit is used for Chene Bleu wines. After more than 40 years of neglect, the 87 acre vineyard required extensive renovation; where necessary, parcels were replanted. The vineyard, high on the slopes of the Dentelles de Montmirail at 1,800-2,000 feet at approximately the same latitude as Gigondas, is planted with Rhone varietals. It sits on a slab of Jurassic limestone, upon which are compressed layers of schist, chalk, clay, black shale, sand, and silt. In certain parcels, the rocky substrata has been pushed to the surface and one can see large seashells and other remnants of marine life that once occupied the region. The thin clay and chalk top soils are generally poor, which forces the vines to dig through rock to reach the subterranean water tables. Bamboo was planted on the estate to recycle wastewater and organically raised sheep graze through the vineyards, providing weed control as well as fertilizer.