Chêne Bleu 2019 Le RoséRegular price £21
Chêne Bleu is a family-owned estate making handcrafted wines in tiny quantities. No more than 600 cases is made of any one wine, and the 30 hectares of vineyard are isolated around 600m above sea level in the Dentelles de Montmirail, a protected mountain saddle. This is one of the highest altitude wine estates in the South of France, and the cool nights bring a touch of freshness and elegance to the rich concentration typical of Southern Rhône wines. The rosé is primarily Grenache and Syrah, and it's lovely. A graceful, dry wine of texture and surprising depth.
Pretty pale pink. Fresh fruit that reminds me of a cross between sour cherry and pear, perhaps grapefruit too, but there is also a light stony mineral layer. Although the pH is quite high, it does taste very fresh, more of a textural than an acidic freshness, with a serious weight of fruit on the mid palate even though it is not primarily fruity. Long, sustained, dry but full and rounded on the finish and surprisingly mouth-filling. That stony effect comes back again at the very end, leaving your mouth clean and ready for the next sip. This was still remarkably fresh two weeks after opening.
17 pointsJulia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com, 05/05/2020
Vineyard on stony clay marl at 530–540m altitude.
|Blend||62% Grenache, 16% Syrah, 9% Rolle, 5% Cinsault, 8% Mourvèdre|