Chêne Bleu

Rhône, France

Viognier, IGP Vaucluse – 2012

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  • Vineyard Profile

    • Estate vineyard

    • Viticulture: Organic and biodynamic practices
    • Size: A total of approximately 30 hectares are under cultivation (74 acres) at Chêne Bleu, from which all the wines are produced
    • Vine Age: Planted 2000 and 2001
    • Soil: Clay and limestone, very stony
    • Elevation: 550 meters (1,804 feet)
    • Exposure: Northwest-facing slopes
    • Density: 4,200 vines/hectare (1,700 vines/acre)
    • Training: Single cordon de Royat, 4 shoots per cordon
  • Vintage Report

    • Winter was very cold, followed by a cool spring with a great deal of rain. July continued cool, but August was very hot. September and October were temperate, providing perfect harvest weather. Harvest was completed in one day, on September 28, right on time.

    • Yields: 28 hectoliters per hectare (2.07 tons per 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: 7 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
    • Fining: Green pea fining (no PVPP)
    • Bottle Aging: 6 months
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 96% Viognier, 4% White Grenache
    • Production (in cases): 300 cases
    • Production Case Pack: 6/750ml
    • Alcohol: 14%
  • Tasting Notes

    • Appearance: Reflective golden yellow
      Nose: Intense aromas of stone fruit, with notes of brioche and dried apricot
      Palate: Round, rich palate balancing fruit and freshness; long finish

    • Serving Suggestions: “Vin de plaisir” to drink as an apéritif; ideal with poultry, white fish in cream sauce or with blue cheese; serve lightly chilled (14°C/57°F)



  • Viognier, IGP Vaucluse – 2012 – 92 points – Wine Spectator

    "Gorgeously pure, with long, flowing honeysuckle and heather notes that frame the core of Jonagold apple, apricot, green plum and pear flavors. Bright quinine and mineral notes take over on the finish, giving this serious length and definition."

  • Viognier, IGP Vaucluse – 2012

    Reflective golden yellow color. Intense aromas of stone fruit, with notes of brioche and dried apricot. Round, rich palate balancing fruit and freshness; long finish.