A veiled cherry red meets an impenetrable black at the heart of the wine, which only barely adjusts to the rim and excites the senses.
The 2010 Héloise unfolds a fascinating bouquet of sweet nuances of pickled cranberries and dark cherries, complemented by earthy hints of truffles and fine pralines. Accents of black olives join in, distantly reminiscent of tree bark and undergrowth, spiced with a charming portion of rosemary, juniper and lavender. A seductively complex character that hints at an exciting taste experience from the very first sniff.
When tasted, the Héloise evokes dark chocolate on the tongue that elegantly finds its way, a balance between tannin and acidity that, despite its presence, is perfectly tamed thanks to the lush and sweet fruit aromas. Its apparent accessibility should not hide the fact that this wine has considerable evolution and maturation in it. On the finish, one again senses that typical freshness, the characteristic hallmark of Chêne Bleu.
For a harmonious food accompaniment, dishes such as risotto with mushrooms and chestnuts, a braised leg of lamb ideally served with black olives, or a roasted woodcock accompanied by foie gras and a refined Civet sauce are recommended. Alternatively, a game stew or a braised beef goulash with root vegetables and mushrooms is also excellent with this wine.
Chêne Bleu, La Verriere, 84110 Crestet / France