Founded in 1781, Vidal-Fleury not only is the Rhône’s oldest continuing grower/négociant firm, but it also secured an international following very quickly.Thomas Jefferson's visit in 1787 was its first contact with the United States; he called the wines “ justly celebrated”.
The elaboration of Vidal-Fleury’s wines consists of four separate operations - the vineyard, winemaking, ageing and bottling. The superb origins of the grapes and the patience taken in maturing are what make the quality of Vidal-Fleury wines according to Winemaker Guy Sarton du Jonchay.
Terroir: Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre and Carignan grapes are grown in shallow soils made up primarily of clay, stones and sand. Vineyards are primarily on hillsides with an average of 100-200 meters in elevation.
Vinification: Grapes are hand and machine harvested and transported to the winery in small crates. Fermentation occurs with indigenous yeasts in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks. Malolactic fermentation does not occur. The wine is aged in tank, on its lees for six months. The finished wine is lightly filtered and fined followed by a minimum of 3 months in bottle prior to release.
Fresh and delicate with a pale pink color, floral, fruity nose and refreshing palate driven by ripe berries and mineral.
Score: 88 PointsVinous Author: Josh Raynolds
Limpid orange-pink. Cherry, orange zest and pungent flowers and herbs on the nose and palate. Chewy and taut, showing good heft and a white pepper note that adds spicy bite to the finish.
Score: 87 PointsWine Spectator Author: James Molesworth
A brisk style, with savory and tobacco hints framing a core of peach and watermelon rind flavors. Lively finish. Cinsault, Syrah and Grenache. Drink now.
Another exceptional value, this brightly hued bottle is thoughtfully made. Id be really happy drinking this all afternoon, one panelist said.
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