2014 Chêne Bleu "Abélard" VDP Vaucluse, Rhone Valley, France


The color is a deep yet brilliant garnet. The nose is a blessing of fine spice and white pepper with ripe black cherries. The palate is rich while simultaneously being smooth and silky with ripe red fruits and velvety tannins.

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One of the two twin flagships, Named after the most famous pair of lovers in the Middle Ages: Héloïse and Abelard

Abélard was the theologian and philosopher whose passionate illicit romance with his brilliant disciple Héloïse condemned both to forced separation and tragedy.  Their love survived decades of monastic seclusion through passionate and erudite correspondence. 

A blend of 85% Grenache Noir and 15% Syrah. ABÉLARD reflects a forceful, masculine, brooding intensity.  Our mature Grenache ( 40+ years) flourishes at this high altitude and at harvest the scent of wild strawberries and black fruit wafts through the winery.  We have striven to capture and showcase this highly perfumed aroma.

Fermentation takes place in wooden tanks, with skin maceration for 5 weeks; 100% malolactic.

The wine is aged for 18 months in mix of old and new French oak from various coopers, primarily 228-liter (60-gallon) barrels with medium and medium-plus toast; plus 12 months in concrete tanks.



In 1993, Xavier and Nicole Rolet began the task of restoring a medieval priory and vineyard that had been slumbering quietly for centuries in the beautiful foothills of Mont Ventoux, in the southern Rhône region of Provence. Though several parts of the house date back to the ninth century, the estate was named La Verrière in 1427, after the glass-blowing workshop established there by Aliot de Montvin.

Chêne Bleu's guiding principle is to preserve the integrity and history of the estate and its “terroir” while enhancing its exceptional character. Having been exposed to many different cultures and approaches, and inspired by the Romans’ belief in the value of things shared, the Rolets have sought to combine grassroots wisdom with respect for nature, international know-how, and avant-garde techniques.

With exacting qualitative and biodynamic practices, the vines have flourished and now yield results worthy of the estate’s proud tradition. To do justice to the quality of the grapes, Chêne Bleu has a state-of-the-art, gravity-fed winery. The vintages bear the hallmark of their efforts; they are completely natural, yet elegant, refined, and complex. The label is "Chêne Bleu" after a magnificent, venerable “blue” oak tree on the estate that symbolizes the beauty and uniqueness of the vineyard and its wines.

Diversity is essential to the Chêne Bleu approach: the vineyards are divided into "micro-terroirs" according to the deposits of different minerals in the soils, distributed over the entire site. Harvested only by hand, with rigorous pruning throughout the year, the result is exceptional grape quality and deliberately tiny yields, on average one-half to one-third the production of premium cuvée Châteauneuf-du-Pape reds.



Grape(s) Grenache, Syrah
Farming Biodynamic