• Chene Bleu Abelard 2009 95

    Chene Bleu Abelard 2009

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    95pts Robert Parker, Jr.'s Wine Advocate

    "Big, ripe, layered and hedonistic, with tons of sweet Grenache blackberry and black cherry fruits... this is silky, polished and incredibly pure. Drink this killer 2009 over the coming 7-8 years." ~ Robert Parker, Jr.'s Wine Advocate

    Chene Bleu Abelard is a big, bold, fabulous French red that needs food because the combination elevates them both to dizzying heights. It's ready to drink now, and needs at least two hours of decanting before drinking. Hands down, we recommend it with your favorite steak. Grill it to perfection, or sear it to get that perfect crust and then finish it off in the oven. Either way, you'll be glad you did. Sauteed lamb chops with a fennel-shallot chutney is another delicious option. A meaty lasagne with eggplant hiding in the layers too.

    Decant this bad boy for several hours.  It’s not an aperitif wine; drink it with food.

    Robert Parker, Jr.'s Wine Advocate:  "Much more southern Rhone-like in style, the 2009 Abelard is a blend of 85% Grenache and 15% Syrah that spent 16 months in barrel. Big, ripe, layered and hedonistic, with tons of sweet Grenache blackberry and black cherry fruits, melted licorice and roasted herb aromas and flavors, this sensational Grenache has full-bodied richness, polished, sweet tannin, no hard edges and a great finish. While 2009 delivers lots of perfumed, upfront and slightly rustic wines due to the heat, this is silky, polished and incredibly pure. Drink this killer 2009 over the coming 7-8 years (2015-2023)." Mar 2016

    Winery:  "Appearence: A very deep ruby. Nose: Abélard’s rich brooding character lifts from the glass, showing ripe blackberry, clove, liquorice and black pepper. Palate: Rich and concentrated. Blackberry and morello cherries, spice and silky tannins bring structure and depth. Finish: Ample and lengthy.

    Enjoy with roast beef, venison, duck and roasted vegetables. Decant for several hours and serve at room temperature."

    The Abelard Story: "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, and their love spanned many decades until the end of their lives, making it a symbol of enduring romantic love. This complex, brooding Grenache blend from older vines seems worthy of Abélard, who combined erudition with deep thinking and a near-fatal attraction."

    Bottle
    750ml, cork         
    Framing Practicing Organic and Biodynamic
    Varietal 85% Grenache, 15% Syrah
    Alcohol 
    15.0%
    Total Acidity
    2.7g/L as sulphuric; 4.1g/L as tartaric
    Residual Sugar 3.4g/L
    pH 3.8
    Aging 16 months in French oak
    Region Domaine de la Verriere, Provence, France