Chene Bleu Scipio 2017
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This cuvée’s name was inspired by one of Cicero’s best-known works, ‘On the Republic’. In the final section entitled ‘Scipio’s Dream’, the philosopher recounts the dream of Roman general Scipio, in which he has to choose between two apparitions, one representing the pursuit of selfish hedonism the other virtuous purity of purpose. Should he “cash in” on his success in battle or stay true to the values of courage and tenacity that made him successful in the first place, “giving back” to create an enduring legacy? The profound, timeless themes of the treatise have inspired thinkers, opera composers and more recently authors like Ian Pears. In fact, it lies at the heart of his wonderful novel the ‘Dream of Scipio’, set in our region, between Avignon, Séguret and Vaison-la-Romaine, that still today sports a rich Roman heritage and a noteworthy archaeological museum.
On our label, you can spot Scipio sleeping under the oak tree, a reference to the famous painting by Raphael, ‘A Knight’s Dream’. The allegory portrays his dilemma, symbolized by two maidens, one representing self-indulgent blingy luxury, the other wisdom, learning and virtue. In our label we illustrated them as the peacock for Luxury and the dove for Virtue—this reflects some choices that we felt confronted with as we painstakingly restored our vineyard over more than a decade, without cutting corners, remaining devoted to the purity and purpose of our pursuit.
Tasting Note: Our inaugural GSM blend (60% Grenache, 25% Syrah and 15% Mourvèdre) is the culmination of years harnessing the Mourvèdre variety at high altitude. Late ripening, it favors warmer climates – but we love it so much that we were determined to persevere! We’re excited that the vine roots finally took hold because it’s such a wonderful blending grape. We made the difficult decision to age this wine for four years before release, waiting patiently for the component parts to harmonize and show their true colors. The result is richly fragrant and velvety, with scents of ripe red fruit and spices. Pairs perfectly with red meat, roasted vegetables, cheese and Mediterranean cuisine. Decant for several hours and serve at room temperature or cooler. Ageing potential: 12 years.
Certification: Organic, Biodynamic
Varietal: Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre
Region: Ventoux, Rhone Valley, France