Domaine de la Verriere / Chêne Bleu 

Nicole Sierra-Rolet and Xavier R. Rolet
Chemin de la Verrière, 84110 Le Crestet
Tel. +33
490 100 630
Direct sale: By appointment April - October

Mail : info@chenebleu.com
Web: www.chenebleu.com

         

Chêne Bleu is a project created by 2 couples, Xavier Rolet and Nicole Sierra-Rolet together with Jean-Louis and Benedicte Galucci. Xavier and Nicole are both native Americans. Xavier and Benedicte are brother and sister.
In 1993 Xavier Rolet bought the place covering 135 ha and made quite a big investments in renovation of the Medieval buildings and the creation of a very modern cellar.
For the first ten years after the purchase the grapes were sold to a cooperative. The first vintage made at the domain was 2006. Only the two top cuvées Abelard and
Héloïse was made that year
The vineyards covers 30 ha situated at an altitude of 500-600m and at a point of intersection between the appellations Cotes du Rhone, Cotes du Rhone Village Seguret, Gigondas and Ventoux. The main part of the vineyards are situated in the commune Crestet in AOP Ventoux. The top wines from the estate are named IGP Vaucluse.
Jean-Louis and Benedicte Galucci take care of the day-to-day decisions at the domain. Jean-Louis is maitre de chai - chief winemaker.
Xavier R. Rolet has earned the money for the creation of the domain in the financiel business. He lives with his wife Nicole Sierra-Rolet in London.
It's
Nicole Sierra-Rolet - who with "American" exitement and great charme presents the wines at bigger events.

If you get an appointment for a visit at the domain, you will meet Bryan Houde, a native American responsisible for oenoturisme at the estate or one from his staff who all of them speak French and English.

Wines - Latest vintages at website March 2019

Ventoux Astralabe
2015: 75% Grenache, 25% Syrah. 25% Aged in foudres for 6 months,
Grenache and Syrah for Ventoux are from high altitude vineyards - 530-540m

Ventoux Rosé
2018: 62% Grenache, 16% Syrah, 9% Vermentino, 8% Mourvedre, 5% Cinsault.

IGP Vaucluse Abélard 
2011: 85% Grenache, 15% Syrah. Aged in barrels for 18 months.

IGP Vaucluse Héloïse
2011. 65% Syrah, 31% Grenache, 5% Roussanne. 
Aged in barrels for 18 months.

IGP Vaucluse Blanc Aliot
2013: 65% Roussanne, 30% Grenache Blanc, 5% Marsanne.
Aged for 8 months in demi-muids.

IGP Viognier
2016: 100% Viognier. Aged for 7 months in demi-muids.

Since May 2016 agriculture biologique. Some vineyards agriculture biodynamique


Xavier R. Rolet. Photo belongs to Chêne Bleu.
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Maitre de chai Jean-Louis Galucci and Nicole Sierra-Rolet 
at Great Grenache Night in Avignon March 2013


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It's possible to drive directly from Domaine de Mourchon in Seguret to La Verrière by a stony road (around 4 km) if your car is able to force relatively big stones. By an ordinairy car you have to use the road from Crestet. 
To the left at photo below you see chêne bleu, the dead oak tree painted with high concentrated copper sulphate which in less concentrated form is sprayed in the vineyards to avoid the attacks from fungis. This piece of art has inspired to the name of the wines.

The cuvée names Héloîse and Abelard relates to a love affaire from the 12th century between Héloîse and Pierre Abelard, known from letters from Héloîse to Abelard. The fruit of this love affaire was their son Astralabe.


Left Le Chêne Bleu, the blue oak. Right: Jean-Louis and Benedicte Galucci, Xavier R. Rolet and Nicole Sierra-Rolet 


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The front side of a card, telling about the wine tourism activities at La Verrière.
The old buildings are restored a luxury bootcamp for wine enthusiasts. Grenache Association in June 2010 the first Grenache Symphosium. Nicole Rolet took the initiative to this conference together with Walter McKinlay at Domaine de Mourchon in Seguret - inspiered and supported by the English wine journalist and writer, Steven Spurrier.
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The front side of a card, telling about the wines. You see a central part of the labels telling a Meieval allegory about work in the area. To the right you see a glassblower referring to an Italian glass factory at the place centuries ago giving the name La Verrière to the whole complex of buildings from ancient times. According to our guide at the visit you can also find the four implicated persons at the domain. You can discover the full story by a visit of your own.
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Updated 14-03-2019