2010 Chene Bleu Abelard Proprietary Blend


Deep, brilliant garnet color. Abélard’s is a Grenache/Syrah blend that is rich and brooding with character that lifts from the glass, displaying ripe, red fruit, black cherry and notes of sweet spice and mocha. Rich and concentrated; spice and silky tannins bring structure and depth. Finish is ample and lengthy.

Enjoy with roast beef, venison, duck and roasted vegetables.

    Pairs with
  • RP 95
  • WS 92

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Red Blends Wines

One of the world’s most classic and popular styles of red wine, Bordeaux-inspired blends have spread from their homeland in France to nearly every corner of the New World. Typically based on either Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot and supported by Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot, the best of these are densely hued, fragrant, full of fruit and boast a structure that begs for cellar time. Somm Secret—Blends from Bordeaux are generally earthier compared to those from the New World, which tend to be fruit-dominant.

Provence, France

Bordered by the Mediterranean, this picturesque region is known for kind hospitality, the smell of fresh lavender and herbs in the air, and fresh and delicate wines. Provence is primarily known for its production of rosé wine, which accounts for the vast majority of wine, although red wine is also made here. Provence rosé tends to be pale in color, light-bodied, dry, and aromas and flavors of elegant red fruits and herbs. With a resembling climate to its neighbor in the north, the Rhône Valley, Provence is using similar primary grape varietals in their production of both rosé and red wines. These include Mourvèdre, Syrah, Grenache, Cinsault, Carignan, and Cabernet Sauvignon. For white wine production, Ugni Blanc, Rolle, Sémillon, and Clairette take the lead for grapes.

Provence is home to three main appellations including Côte de Provence, Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence and Coteaux Varois en Provence. Côte de Provence being the largest appellation in the region encompasses the majority of wine production. Additionally, there are a few pockets of vineyards near the coastline that were given their own individual Appellation contrôlée, the most important is considered to be Bandol. Located to the east of Marseille, Bandol is putting out highly-regarded red wines traditionally using the Mourvèdre grape. These wines tend to be dark, full-bodied with powerful tannins allowing them to age for decades.

“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.

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