|Domaine de la
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 : email@example.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
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
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
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
2015: 75% Grenache, 25% Syrah. 25% Aged in foudres for 6 months,
Grenache and Syrah for Ventoux are from high altitude vineyards -
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.
2016: 100% Viognier. Aged for 7 months in
Since May 2016
agriculture biologique. Some vineyards agriculture
R. Rolet. Photo belongs to Chêne Bleu.
Maitre de chai
Jean-Louis Galucci and Nicole Sierra-Rolet
at Great Grenache Night in Avignon March 2013
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
The fruit of this love affaire was their son Astralabe.