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Chene Bleu - Abelard 2010


  • Country: France
  • Wine Region: Rhône
  • Wine Area: Southern Rhône
  • Wine Maker: Xavier Rolet
  • Grape: Grenache Blend
  • Grape Percentage: 85% Grenache, 15% Syrah
  • Alcohol Percentage: 15%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now - 2025
Duty/Vat Paid
WA: 95 (2009) JR: 17+ (2010) WS: 91 (2009)

Wine tasting notes

Appearance: Very deep ruby Nose: Abélard’s rich brooding character lifts from the glass, displaying ripe blackberry, clove, licorice and black pepper Palate: Rich and concentrated; blackberry and morello cherries; spicy and silky Serving Suggestions: Enjoy with roast beef, venison, duck and roasted vegetables. Decant for several hours and serve at room temperature.

Winery Information

Chene Bleu

Ch?ne Bleu is a critically-acclaimed new winery in the Southern Rh?ne, located in the Dentelles de Montmirail, of Gigondas fame, in a protected mountain saddle in a UNESCO biosphere reserve. This family owned single estate make meticulously handcrafted wines in tiny quantities, no more than 600 cases of each wine. The terroir here is special: The 30 hectare vineyard is the highest in the region, and one of the highest in the South of France, at 550-630m. The resulting cool nights and late.. read more

Expert Reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2009)95 pts

Mar 2016 - Jeb Dunnock - Much more southern Rhone-like in style, the 2009 Abelard is a blend of 85% Grenache and 15% Syrah that spent 18 months in barrel. Big, ripe, layered and hedonistic, with tons of sweet Grenache blackberry and black cherry fruits, melted licorice and roasted herb aromas and flavors, this sensational Grenache has full-bodied richness, polished, sweet tannin, no hard edges and a great finish. While 2009 delivers lots of perfumed, upfront and slightly rustic wines due to the heat, this is silky, polished and incredibly pure. Drink this killer 2009 over the coming 7-8 years.Add (2010)17+ pts

Even though this has more Grenache, it smells darker than the Héloïse. Thicker texture, a little more chewy and savoury, but satisfying and all in harmony and with good freshness on the finish. Needs longer to come round fully. (JH)

Wine Spectator (2009)91 pts

Nov 2014 - Offers a deep well of fleshy fruit, with blueberry reduction, braised fig and blackberry pâte de fruit flavors all layered together and carrying through a polished, violet- and pastis-tinged finish. Grenache and Syrah.

Vinification Notes

Fermentation: In wooden tanks, with skin maceration for 5 weeks; 100% malolactic Maceration: 5 weeks on skins Malolactic: 100% Barrel Aging: 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 Filtration: Unfiltered Fining: Unfined Bottle Aging: 2 years