Chêne Bleu

Rhône, France

Viognier, IGP Vaucluse – 2013

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  • Vineyard Profile

    • Estate vineyard

    • Viticulture: Organic and biodynamic practices
    • Size: 30 hectares (74 acres)
    • Vine Age: 9 years
    • Soil: Clay and limestone, very stony
    • Elevation: 550 meters (1,804 feet)
    • Exposure: North-facing slopes
    • Density: 4,800 vines/hectare (1,943 vines/acre)
    • Training: Double cordon de Royat, 4 shoots per cordon
  • Vintage Report

    • Winter and spring of 2013 were very cold. Summer was hot and dry. September continued to be hot but with a few rainstorms. Harvest was from October 7 to 22, two weeks later than usual, but fortunately there was no rain during harvest. A late harvest of low yields with plenty of freshness in the fruit and good concentration and intensity.

    • Harvest Date(s): October 7-22
    • Yields: 15 hl/ha (1.11 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 1.5 hours, then direct to press
    • Barrel Aging: 9 months in large oak barrels; one-third new French oak, one-third 1 year old, one-third 2 years old, from various French coopers, 600-liter barrels with light toast
    • Bottle Aging: 4 months
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 95% Viognier, 5% White Grenache
    • Production (in cases): 375 cases
    • Production Case Pack: 6/750ml
    • Cases Imported: 100
    • Imported Case Pack: 6/750ml
    • Alcohol: 13.5%
  • Tasting Notes

    • Appearance: Brilliant, reflective golden yellow and pale green
      Nose: Intense aromas of stone fruit (peach, pear, dried apricot), with notes of brioche
      Palate: Very smooth on the palate, balancing fruit and freshness, with a long, crisp 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 – 2013

    A brilliant, reflective golden yellow and pale green. The nose is intense with aromas of stone fruit (peach, pear, dried apricot) and notes of brioche. It is very smooth on the palate, balancing fruit and freshness, with a long, crisp finish.