Chene Bleu Abelard 2009
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Isolated and protected, high in a mountain saddle, Chêne Bleu has its provenance in a unique, four- corner borderland of the département of Vaucluse in the southern Rhône, where the boundaries of Gigondas, Côtes du Ventoux, Côtes du Rhône and Séguret come together. This area is located in the foothills of Mont Ventoux, 550 to 630 meters (1800 to 2000 feet) above sea level, on the northern slopes of a spectacular limestone outcropping known as the Dentelles de Montmirail (from the Latin “Mons Mirabilis, meaning “Lace of Marvelous Mountains”). It enjoys an exceptional terroir due to this pristine, remote location and its complex geology, with many exposed strata of rock.
A working vineyard since the Middle Ages, Chêne Bleu is one of the highest vineyards in the entire region, and this altitude provides temperature variations between day and night, allowing the grapes to ripen more slowly and preserving acidity in the cool nights. Harvest can be up to five weeks later than in the valleys below. Being so far south, on the same latitude as Gigondas, there are more than 300 sunny days in the year to ensure the grapes’ physiological ripeness, while the altitude and geology assure acidity and freshness. This results in wines that have the aromas and flavors of the southern Rhône, the finesse of the northern Rhône and the aging potential the region’s finest AOCs.
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."
|Framing||Practicing Organic and Biodynamic
|Varietal||85% Grenache, 15% Syrah
||2.7g/L as sulphuric; 4.1g/L as tartaric
|Aging||16 months in French oak
|Region||Domaine de la Verriere, Provence, France
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