We were lucky enough to be guided though a wine tasting by Karen from Chene Bleu. They are named after a magnificent centuries old blue oak tree on the edge of their estate.
Chene Blue vineyard is located at 550 metres in the UNSECO biosphere reserve of Mount Ventoux, meaning that the vines are free from pollution.
The soil blend changes across the estate so Chene Blue divides the land into “micro-terroirs” small plots where the viticultural practices vary depending on the characteristics of each plot. Chene Bleu believes in using biodynamic principles, meaning that they do not use synthetic fertilizers or chemicals. They have also built their winey into the natural slope of the land so that the grapes and juices can be fed into the tanks by gravity to avoid pumping. This significantly reduces the level of sulphites in the wine.
We sampled their two signature red wines: Abelard, a rich and structured Grenache based red blend and Heloise, a smooth and velvety syrah based red blend. These are named after the “Romeo and Juliet” of 12th century France. Peter Abelard taught theology at the Sorbonne university where he tutored and seduced Heloise d’Argenteuil, 20 years his junior. Their non married scandalous union led to Abelard’s persecution by Heloise’s uncle. They were sent respectively to a convent and a monastery and separated forever but their love endured through passionate letters that they sent to each other. I loved the romantic back story and these wines can either be enjoyed as complementary parts of a whole or separately.
Chene Blue also produce two whites (Aliot and Viognier). Due to the vineyard elevation which allows for slow maturation and heat control, this results in freshness, acidity and concentrated fruit flavours.
We recommend checking out their website to look at their wines in more detail, but they also run an intensive five day wine experience at their estate, which sounds like the perfect opportunity to learn more in the best way, obviously including lots of tasting!
Thank you Clementine PR and Chene Bleu !