Chêne Bleu

Rhône, France

Rosé, IGP Vaucluse – 2014

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  • Vineyard Profile

    • Estate vineyard

    • Cultivation: Organic and biodynamic practices (not certified)
    • Size: 30 hectares under cultivation (74 acres)
    • Vine Age: 60 years
    • Soil: Clay and limestone, very stony
    • Elevation: 540 meters (1,771 feet)
    • Exposure: Northwest-facing slope
    • Density: 4,300 vines/hectare (1,740 vines/acre)
    • Training: Double-cordon de Royat, 6 shoots per cordon
  • Vintage Report

    • The 2014 harvest was a bit later than usual, after a cool summer with frequent rain showers at the beginning of September. Weather during the harvest was cool and sunny, rendering grapes with good acidity and fresh aromas.

    • Harvest Date(s): September 29-October 10
    • Yields: 30 hectoliters/hectare (2.2 tons/acre)
  • Vinification

    • Fermentation: Direct press, skin contact at time of pressing for 1.5 hours; very cold fermentation for 5 weeks, 75% in stainless steel, 25% in French oak barrels
    • Barrel Aging: 25% of the wine was aged for 3 months in oak barrels; mix of old and new French oak from various coopers, primarily 228-liter (60-gallon) barrels with light toast
    • Filtration: Tangential filtration
    • Fining: Unfined
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 60% Grenache, 35% Syrah, 5% Cinsault
    • Cases Imported: 1,000 cases
    • Imported Case Pack: 6/750ml
    • Alcohol: 13%
  • Tasting Notes

    • Appearance: Pretty raspberry pink color
      Nose: Grapefruit and lime notes with hints of red berry fruits
      Palate: Good balance, fresh and fruity, elegant, round and long on the finish

    • Serving Suggestions: Grilled seafood, shellfish, fresh lobster, lightly spiced dishes, summer salads or tender lamb; serve lightly chilled (14 C / 57 F)



  • Rosé, IGP Vaucluse – 2014 – 90 points – International Wine Review

    “Light pinkish orange in color, this blend of Rhône varieties has light red berry and herbal scents and a balanced, energetic palate offering good complexity and depth of flavor … Delicious.”

  • Rosé, IGP Vaucluse – 2014 – 91 points – WineSpeed

    “This isn't just another simple sipper. It has a more subtle beauty to it. And while many rosés taste a bit like strawberry shortcake, Chêne Bleu bursts with more unusual flavors such as grapefruit and peaches. One cold sip will have you …”

  • Rosé, IGP Vaucluse – 2014 – The 50 Best Wines Under $50 – Bloomberg Business

    "Bright pink and intensely perfumed, it’s a classy, berry-inflected Grenache-based blend from the Rhône Valley."

  • Rosé, IGP Vaucluse – 2014 – 90 points – Ken’s Wine Guide

    “This light pink colored Grenache based Rose opens with red cherry bouquet with hints of wet stone and strawberry. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, slightly acidic and easy to enjoy. The flavor profile is a mineral infused strawberry with…”