Cultivation: Organic and biodynamic practicesSize: A total of approximately 30 hectares are under cultivation (74 acres) at Cheane Bleu, from which all the wines are producedVine Age: Grenache 45-plus years, Syrah 30-plus yearsBarrel Aging: 11 months in mix of old and new French oak from various coopers, primarily 228-liter (60-gallon) barrels with medium and medium-plus toastVarietal Composition: 60% Syrah, 37% Grenache, 3% ViognierHe9loefse and Abe9lard (our other flagship red wine) are one of history’s most celebrated couples, known for their intellectual brilliance, passionate love affair, eloquent letters and the tragedy that cruelly separated them. Sometimes referred to as “the Romeo and Juliet of France,” they were actually far more complex and accomplished individuals, and their love spanned many decades during the Middle Ages until the end of their lives, making it a symbol of enduring romantic love. The perfumed, intense but restrained character of this Syrah blend reminded us of He9loefse, whose intellect was matched by passion which, though bridled, never died.
Cheane Bleu is named for an aged oak tree preserved on this isolated estate high on the slopes of the Dentelles de Montmirail. Here in the foothills of Mont Ventoux, where the boundaries of Gigondas, Cf4tes du Ventoux, Cf4tes du Rhf4ne and Se9guret come together, the Rolet family discovered an abandoned property with a unique terroir. Dating back to the early Middle Ages, the estate had once been a priory of the Knights Templar. Restoration of the ancient monastery spanned more than a decade. The vineyards had long been neglected but were growing on complex mineral and limestone soils. Reclamation of the vineyards led to excavation for a gravity-flow winery, which led to exceptional, estate-grown Rhf4ne varietal wines. Organic and biodynamic practices are followed to maintain this pristine environment.