Chêne Bleu is a critically-acclaimed new winery in the Southern Rhône, located in the Dentelles de Montmirail, of Gigondas fame, in a protected mountain saddle in a UNESCO biosphere reserve.
This family-owned, single estate makes meticulously handcrafted wines in tiny quantities, no more than 600 cases of each wine. The terroir here is special: the 30 hectare vineyard is the highest in the region, and one of the highest in the South of France at 550-630m.
The resulting cool nights and late harvest bring a highly desirable ‘Northern-Rhône’ style freshness to the ‘Southern Rhône’ rich concentration of fruit and tannin. The estate was purchased by Xavier Rolet and his wife Nicole in 1994 and with it began the project of renovating this medieval estate vineyard to the highest international standards.
The Rolets took the bold decision to take their wines out of the AOC system in order to have full artistic freedom to pursue the property’s utmost potential for quality. As such, the wines carry the Vins de Pays de Vaucluse designation, as such their wines can be considered the first ever “Super Rhônes”.
Their pursuit of quality is obsessive: only hand picking, double sorting with individual grape selection, top quality new French oak cooperage, state-of-the-art gravity fed winery and parcel by parcel vinifications.
It is with great pleasure that we welcome Nicole Rolet, who will guide us through the following wines.
Wine Samples (order here):
2011 Chêne Bleu Abelard
2011 Chêne Bleu Héloïse
2015 Chêne Bleu Astralabe
2014 Chêne Bleu Aliot
2016 Chêne Bleu Viognier
2019 Chêne Bleu Le Rosé
Delivered to the UK £85
Delivered to EU £95
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