Chêne Bleu Abélard 2013

Chêne Bleu Abélard 2013

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Rhone, France

From the Winery:

PURPOSE

Flagship Grenache Blend named after the famed Philosopher Pierre Abelard to reflect its forceful, brooding intensity and showcase the opulence and concentration of our old-vine Grenache, with some Syrah to add to the complex structure.

Tasting notes

Appearance: A deep, brilliant garnet.
Nose: Notes of fine spice and white pepper with ripe black cherries.
Palate: Smooth and silky with ripe red fruits and velvety tannins.
Finish: Long and smooth.
Aging potential: 15-20 years.

Serving suggestions

Gamey meats like venison, or beef and lamb, and roasted vegetables. A good match for spicy dishes, salty cheeses. Decant for 2-3 hours, serve at room temperature or cooler.

Specifications

Varieties : Grenache noir (85%), Syrah (15%) Alcohol: 14% | pH: 3.7
Total acidity: 3.3 g/l (as sulfuric), 5.1 g/l (as tartaric) Residual sugar: 0.6 g/l, still wine
Barrel-aged: 18 months

Vineyard notes

Vines: Grenaches noir, over 60 years old, north-west facing at 530m. Syrah, over 50 years old, south-west facing at 540m. Soil: Argilo-calcaire (clay and limestone) and very stony. Pruning method: Double cordon de Royat, 6 shoots per cordon.

VINEYARD MANAGEMENT

No synthetic treatments, to ensure health of vines and soil. Certified BeeFriendly and HVE 3 sustainable viticulture (highest tier).