Chêne Bleu

Rhône, France

Viognier, IGP Vaucluse — 2020

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  • Introduction

    • A fragrant white aiming to surprise by its ability to juxtapose texture and freshness, combining a southern profile with rich, ripe fruit, and a more Northern-style freshness from the altitude. Aromatic on the nose and zesty on the palate.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • Vineyard Management: Certified Organic wines (Ecocert). No synthetic treatments, to ensure health of vines and soil. Certified Bee Friendly and HVE 3 sustainable viticulture (highest tier)

      Vines: 20 years old, north facing at 550m.

      Soil: Argilo-calcaire (clay and limestone) and very stony

      Pruning Method: Single cordon de Royat, 4 shoots per cordon

  • Vinification

    • Fermentation: Cold fermentation (16˚C / 61˚F) in Demi-muids (600-liter or 159-gallon barrels); short, cold maceration on skins for just 1½ hours, then direct to press

      Aging: 8 months in demi-muids

  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 100% Viognier
    • Alcohol: 14%
    • TA: 2.2 g/L
    • p H: 3.7
    • RS: 2 g/L
  • Tasting Notes

    • Appearance: Bright and clear with citrus tints

      Nose: Rich with notes of almonds, fresh apricot and butter

      Palate: Full-bodied and elegant

      Finish: Long

    • Serving Suggestions: Perfect for aperitifs. Pairs excellently with poultry, fried foie gras, white fish with creme, or bleu cheese. Serve slightly chilled at 14˚ C/57˚ F.