Chêne Bleu

Rhône, France

Aliot, Vin de Pays du Vaucluse – 2011

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  • Introduction

    • Aliot de Montvin was an artisan glassblower of noble birth who named the estate “La Verrière,” or “The Glassblowing Workshop,” in 1427. By this time, vines had been grown on the slopes of the Dentelles for as many as four centuries during the Middle Ages. This wine is named in recognition of the artisan who named our estate so long ago.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • Estate vineyard

    • Viticulture: Organic and biodynamic practices
    • Size: 30 hectares (74 acres) are under cultivation
    • Vine Age: Planted 2000 and 2001
    • Soil: Clay and limestone, very stony
    • Elevation: 550 meters (1,804 feet)
    • Exposure: Northwest-facing slopes
    • Density: 4,800 vines/hectare (1,943 vines/acre)
    • Training: Double cordon de Royat, 6 shoots per cordon
  • Vintage Report

    • A very cold and dry winter with a great deal of wind and frost. Rainy spring was followed by a hot summer. Harvest at the end of September, one week later than the regular season, with clear and sunny weather, no rain in sight. A fresh and fruity vintage.

    • Harvest Date(s): End of September
    • Yields: 22 hectoliters/hectare (1.63 tons/acre)
  • Vinification

    • Fermentation: Cold fermentation (16 C/61 F) in Demi-muids (600-liter or 159-gallon barrels); short, cold maceration on skins for just 2 hours, then direct to press
    • Barrel Aging: 6-8 months in oak barrels; mix of old and new French oak from various coopers, primarily 228-liter (60-gallon) barrels with medium and medium-plus toast
    • Filtration: Tangential filtration
    • Fining: Green-pea fining (no PVPP)
    • Bottle Aging: 1-2 years
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 65% Roussanne, 30% White Grenache, 5% Marsanne
    • Cases Imported: 45 cases
    • Imported Case Pack: 6/750ml
    • Alcohol: 14%
  • Tasting Notes

    • Appearance: Shiny straw-yellow with hints of gold
      Nose: Powerful and aromatically expressive
      Palate: Peach and pear notes and fresh pineapple with an ample and sustained finish

    • Serving Suggestions: Ideally paired with foods such as salmon or poultry in cream sauce, paté and characterful French cheeses. Serve lightly chilled (14 C/57 F)



  • Aliot, Vin de Pays du Vaucluse – 2011 – 90 points, Year’s Best Rhone Wines – Wine & Spirits

    “The fruit stands up to the wood, sweetly ripe and floral, supported by a waxy breadth that suggests the wine has the power to incorporate that oak with another six to ten years in the cellar.”

  • Aliot, Vin de Pays du Vaucluse – 2011 – 92 points – Wine Spectator

    "Gorgeous, with alluring Cavaillon melon, Bosc pear and makrut lime notes forming the core, while a suave toasted brioche edge runs underneath. The finish picks up bright fennel and mirabelle plum accents for added range and contrast.”

  • Aliot, Vin de Pays du Vaucluse – 2011 – 17 points –

    "Honeyed and just a little nutty, with apricot and a touch oxidative in an attractive way. Light oak spice but very much in the background. Deep, and tastes of gold. Gentle acidity but doesn't lack freshness – this is real Rhône white."