“It’s very straightforward: our objective is to create wines of exceptional quality – natural, refined and complex. We have the great fortune to be in a privileged site, with a long history. We want to respect and express the site’s natural attributes, whilst bringing the best ideas and practices available anywhere.”
Chene Bleu Winery was founded by Xavier & Nicole Rolet. It is a family owned winery nestled in a truly exceptional site high up in the Dentelles de Montmirail in Provence, near Gigondas. The Rolet’s are passionate about creating exceptional wines through non-invasive farming practices. “I felt a great responsibility to restore and protect this privileged ecosystem, which includes the people involved, this has helped the vines to thrive! It is our duty to make sure that the Domaine is managed well, to share it and to pass it on in good health to future generations. In every aspect of our work, our goal is to ensure that the vineyard, the winery and the people involved remain in a healthy, sustainable equilibrium with each other. This is why we introduced exacting organic and biodynamic principles to the way we work.” – Xavier Rolet
‘Chêne Bleu’ means blue oak tree which forms the centerpiece of the label and which stands guard over the vines in real life (a centuries old oak tree that died during a drought and has now been painted with Bordeaux Mixture and sculpted into a beautiful shape). The picture on the label surrounding it is filled with many of the elements that make the wine and the project unique. Embedded in the drawing are dozens of references to what defines Chêne Bleu, taking into account the property’s history, its terroir, the cast of characters, values and philosophy.