Chêne Bleu

Rhône, France

Rosé, IGP Vaucluse – 2017

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  • Introduction

    • ‘Chêne Bleu’ means blue oak tree which forms the centerpiece of the label and which stands guard over the vines in real life (a centuries old oak tree that died during a drought and has now been painted with Bordeaux Mixture and sculpted into a beautiful shape. The picture on the label surrounding it is filled with many of the elements that make the wine and the project unique.

      Embedded in the drawing are dozens of references to what defines Chêne Bleu, taking into account the property’s history, its terroir, the cast of characters, values and philosophy.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • Vineyards: La Verriere
    • Appellation: IGP Vaucluse (Indication Geographique Protégée Vaucluse)
    • Viticulture: Organic and biodynamic practices
    • Size: 30 hectares (74 acres) under cultivation
    • Vine Age: Grenache Noir, over 60 years old, Syrah, 40 years old, Other varieties 5 years old
    • Soil: Argilo-limoneux (clay and limestone) soils, very stony
    • Elevation: 530 meters (1,739 feet)
    • Exposure: Northwest-facing slopes
    • Density: 4,300 vines/hectare (1,740 vines/acre)
    • Training: Double cordon de Royat, 6 shoots per cordon
  • Vinification

    • Fermentation: Direct press, skin contact at time of pressing for 1.5 hours; very cold fermentation for 5 weeks, 75% in stainless-steel tanks, 25% in French oak barrel
    • Aging: 25% of the wine was aged for 3 months in French oak barrels; mix of new and one-year-old with light toast
    • Filtration: Tangential
    • Fining: With green pea powder
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: Grenache Noir (60%), Syrah (18%), Rolle (12%), Cinsault (5%) and Mourvedre (5%)
    • Alcohol: 14%
    • TA: 3.3 g/L (as sulphuric), 5.0 g/L (as tartaric)
    • p H: 3.4
    • RS: 0.5 g/L, still wine
  • Tasting Notes

    • Appearance: Pale pink, very bright

      Nose: Rich and fresh. Notes of citrus, small red fruit and delicate touches of rose. Very fine hints of brioche

      Palate: Elegant and fresh, with notes of small red fruit and citrus Finish: Fine, fresh and long



  • Chêne Bleu Rosé, IGP Vaucluse – 2017 – Vinous – 92 Points

    Pale peach skin color. A complex, highly perfumed bouquet displays ripe red berry, orange zest, succulent herb and floral qualities and a minerally element emerges slowly. Sappy and impressively concentrated yet lithe, offering intense strawberry, peach and blood orange flavors and a touch of fennel. The mineral note come back strongly on the finish, which hangs on with superb focus and persistence.

  • Chêne Bleu Rosé, IGP Vaucluse – 2017 – Jancis Robinson – 17 Points

    Pale orangey pink. Lightly smoky and peppery at first, dusty and tangy Victoria plum fruit. Gently chewy in texture but a foundation of fresh red fruit but not simply fruity. There's structure and firm texture here with some red fruit just filling out the core. Fresh and long. Serious rosé with a core intensity with a long stony finish.

  • Chêne Bleu IGP Vaucluse Rosé – 2017 – The Wine Advocate – 92 Points

    There's more to the 2017 IGP Vaucluse Le Rose than attractive forward fruit, so it should drink well through the end of next year. Subtle strawberry, peach and melon notes are delivered on a medium-bodied, silky-textured palate and a long finish...

  • Rosé, IGP Vaucluse – 2017 – 89 Points – WineSpeed

    “I hope you aren’t rosé-ed out, because you don’t want to miss this dry sophisticated rosé from an enchanting high-altitude property in southern France, the site of a priory in the Middle Ages. Unlike so many (innocuous) modern rosés, Chêne Bleu (the name means Blue Oak) is an old-style, artisanal French rosé—full-bodied, full-flavored, and full of personality. Even the blend that makes it up is interesting—grenache, syrah, rolle, cinsault, and mourvèdre. I first had Chêne Bleu on a 105-degree day in the Napa Valley, and it was pure heaven. This is the kind of rosé that’s great all-year-round. (14% abv)”