Chene Bleu Le Rose 2018

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  • Rose made from Syrah and Grenache
  • Sourced from vines up to 70 years!
  • Crisp and refreshing
  • 1 or more bottles
    $23.99
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Editors notes

Fresh but disciplined. A blend of Syrah and Grenache, our Rosé is a finely textured, complex Syrah-Grenache blend. Importantly, it is made in a multi-step process relying on skin contact - a short maceration, not by the traditional saignée method - in order to reveal the full texture and character of the grape variety and give it nice length and structure.

Chene Bleu Rose
Our perfumed Rosé reminds us of the fleshy texture of roses, which we love. We collect medieval rose varieties, some of which are planted around the house, the others can be found in the medieval herb garden and walled “potager”, inspired by the one that figures prominently in the romantic treatise Le Roman de La Rose.

TASTING NOTES LE ROSE 2019
Appearance: Pale pink, clear with bright tints.
Nose: Rich and intense. Notes of raspberry and redcurrant mixed with touches of pomelo grapefruit and lime. Floral hints.
Palate: Balanced and fresh, both rich and elegant with a pleasant fruitiness
Finish: Long citrus notes.
Aging potential: 3 years.

SERVING SUGGESTIONS
Ideal with seafood and shellfish, but also a perfect accompaniment to lightly spiced dishes, summer salads, or tender lamb. Serve at 14°C.

SPECIFICATIONS
Varieties: Grenache noir (60%), Syrah (15%), Cinsault (5%), Mourvèdre (8%), Rolle (12%)
Alcohol: 13%
pH: 3.9
Total acidity: 3.9 g/l (as sulphuric), 6.0 g/l (as tartaric)
Residual sugar: 2.2 g/l, still wine.

VINEYARD NOTES
Vines: Grenache noir, between 20 and 70 years old, North-West facing at 530m. Syrah, between 20 and 50 years old, South-West facing at 540m. Other varieties 10 years old.
Soil: argilo-limoneux (clay and limestone), very stony.
Pruning method: single cordon de Royat with 5 shoots per cordon, double cordon de Royat with 6 shoots per cordon.

Treatments: No synthetic treatments used. Organic wine (Ecocert).

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Tasting Profile

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  • Aroma
    • Apple
    • Floral
    • Red Cherry
  • Palate
    • Mineral
    • Pear
    • Red Fruits

Food Pairings

  • Fish
  • Pork
  • Spicy

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France

Wine is being produced throughout France and has been done for over 2,500 years with certain Châteaux dating their history back to Roman times, around 6th Century BC. Ranking second in the world in per-capita consumption and first in total production quantity. More so than the overall quantity of wine is the quantity of truly great wines coming out of France makes the nation the envy of wine-making nations worldwide.

Two concepts pivotal to the higher end French wines, in particular, are the idea of 'terroir' and the Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) system. Terroir refers to the way the geography, geology and climate find their way into the glass, telling a story of the origin of the wine. The AOC was set up in 1935 and has the primary goal of protecting the authenticity of the wines and the livelihoods of the producers. Appellation rules strictly define which varieties of grapes and winemaking practices are approved for classification in each of France's several hundred geographically defined appellations, which can cover entire regions, individual villages or in some cases, like in Burgundy even specific vineyards.

Classic wine regions in France include Champagne (home of Champagne), Burgundy (Pinot Noir and Chardonnay), Bordeaux (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot), Alsace (Aromatic varietals), Loire Valley (Chenin Blanc, Crémant) and the Rhône Valley (Syrah, Grenache Mourvedre)

The Bordeaux classification of 1855 is still in use, as is the Sauternes and Barsac Classification of the same year. Wines from certain regions can be bought En Primeur, which is when the wine is sold prior to it being bottled.

Rhone Valley

The Rhône Valley is in the South of France and is situated in the Rhône river valley. The region has been growing wines for centuries and is generally split into two sub-regions. In the Northern Rhône, Syrah is the predominant grape variety, though it is often blended with other white varieties like Marsanne, Rousanne and Viognier, or the red grape Mourvedre. In the Southern Rhône, a wide range of white, red and rosés are produced alongside the undisputed king of the Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

The Northern Rhône is cooler than the Southern Rhône and has a continental climate with warm summers and cold winter. The appellations from North to South are Côte-Rôtie, Condrieu, Château-Grillet, Saint-Joseph, Crozes-Hermitage, Hermitage, Cornas and Saint-Péray.

In Southern Rhône, the climate is more Mediterranean, with mild winters and hot summers. Châteauneuf-du-Pape is the most famous appellation but others include Côtes du Rhône, Gigondas and Lirac. Large pebbles are used in the region, placed at the base of the vines to absorb the suns heat during the day, to keep the vines warm at night.

Châteauneuf-du-Papes are blended from the 13 permitted grape varieties, though Grenache usually dominates, supported by Syrah and Mourvèdre. These wines can be supremely rich and complex and typically warrant 5-10 years in the cellar for best results.

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