This Grenache/Syrah blend is rich with notes of cloves, dried herbs, licorice and pepper, mixed with plum and cherry aromas. It is full-bodied and smooth with velvety tannins. The finish is long with aromatic hints of wild strawberries, plums, and smokey spices. Decant for 2-3 hours and serve at room temperature.
Organic and biodynamic farming practices, native yeast fermentation, less than 1,000 cases produced.
Abélard, one of the most distinguished philosophers of medieval times, is most remembered for his tragic romance with the gifted young Héloïse. One of history’s most celebrated couples, Héloïse and Abélard are known for their intellectual brilliance, passionate love affair, eloquent letters and the tragedy that cruelly separated them. Sometimes referred to as the “Romeo and Juliet of France,” they were actually far more complex and accomplished individuals. Their love spanned many decades until the end of their lives, making it a symbol of enduring romantic love. This complex, brooding Grenache/Syrah blend from older vines seems worthy of Abélard, who combined erudition with deep thinking and a near-fatal attraction.
Xavier and Nicole Rolet purchased the Chene Bleu property in 1993, enchanted by the secluded location of the vineyard and the history of the ancient priory that had been built nearly 1,000 years ago. The estate had been abandoned for much of the previous century, and the buildings were in ruins. The Rolets became completely passionate about every aspect of the place and the project, determined to do absolutely everything necessary to bring it to the highest possible world standards. A decade of meticulous work was required to restore the priory and nurture the neglected vineyards back to health.
With time, each small improvement in the vineyard was seen to be rewarded ten-fold with qualitative results, and expert advisors became extremely excited about the potential for the estate to produce “premier cru” caliber wines. The estate is surrounded by forests, hills and valleys in spectacular isolation that, in conjunction with its elevation, create a unique microclimate. In fact, Chêne Bleu is located within the UNESCO-designated Mont Ventoux Biosphere Reserve, an 81,000-hectare (more than 200,000 acres) nature preserve that has been set aside in recognition of its diversity of flora and fauna and as a bird sanctuary. The project evolved into a full-fledged winemaking endeavor that entailed reviving and replanting the vineyards, building a state-of-the-art multi-level winery and converting to biodynamic viticulture. Fortunately, much of Xavier’s family was involved in winemaking, and his sister Bénédicte Gallucci and brother-in-law Jean-Louis Gallucci joined the team as viticulturist and cellar master/winemaker, respectively. Encouraged by some of the top oenological talent in the world, Chêne Bleu released its first vintage in 2006.