Vidal-Fleury

Founded in 1781, Vidal-Fleury is the Rhône Valley’s oldest continuing grower/négociant firm. Thomas Jefferson's visit in 1787 was its first contact with the United States; he called the wines “justly celebrated”.

During the 1890s, Gustave Vidal married a daughter of the Fleury family. Thanks to her dowry, they replanted the vineyard following the phylloxera outbreak. Then, in the 1920s, the House took an interest in other wine-growing regions throughout the Rhône Valley (See Line Extensions).

In 1984, Ets. Guigal acquired the company. This step was a logical continuation for the Vidal-Fleury and Guigal families, who had always worked together. Indeed, Etienne Guigal (Marcel’s father) was hired as a vine-grower and cellar master by Joseph Vidal-Fleury in 1924. When the Vidal-Fleury family decided to sell the House, as none of its heirs felt like taking over the reins, it naturally turned to the Guigal family. As result, the company remains family run. Vidal-Fleury is managed in absolute independence with its own winemaking, logistics and commercial team.

In 2006 Vidal-Fleury began investing to modernize its winery facilities, installing state-of-the-art technology; in 2008, it built a new cellar specifically dedicated to maturing the wines. In addition, Vidal-Fleury’s vineyards are overseen with 100% self-sustaining management practices.

Long considered one of the most respected producers in the Rhône Valley, Vidal-Fleury carries on under the watchful management of Head Winemaker Guy Sarton du Jonchay.

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  • Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge

    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 and Mourvedre grapes are grown on steeply terraced vineyards in shallow soils made up primarily of clay, stones and sand. Vineyard elevations between 80-100 meters.

    Vinification: Grapes are hand and machine harvested and transported to the winery in small crates. Fermentation occurs with indigenous yeasts in temperature controlled tanks with the maceration period lasting approximately 14-20 days. The wine is aged on its lees 100% in large oak barrels for a period of 12 months. The finished wine is very lightly filtered (cross flow) and not fined. The wines rest in bottle for a minimum of 3 months prior to release.

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  • Condrieu

    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: 100% Viognier from steeply terraced southeast facing vineyards. Soils are thin and made up of granite rocks and calcareous clay. Vines are densely planted at an average of 6,000 vines per hectare average yields around 37hl/ha. These vineyards sit at an elevation between 200-350 meters.

    Vinification: Grapes are hand picked in mid-October, sorted, pressed and fermented at cool temperatures in a combination of stainless steel tanks (50%) and oak barrels (50%). The juice is fermented solely with indigenous yeasts with 100% of the must undergoing malolactic fermentation. The wine is aged for 12 months on its lees, clarified naturally and lightly filtered followed by an additional 6 months aging in bottle prior to release.

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  • Côte Rôtie Brune et Blonde de Vidal Fleury

    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: Sourced from two of the most revered parcels of the entire Rhone Valley. Steep, terraced vineyards rise high above the Rhone River. Côte Blonde owes its name to the light soils of gneiss and silica gravel with clay, while the Côte Brune to the north contains darker soil of mica, schist, iron and a higher proportion of clay.

    Vinification: Grapes are hand harvested and transported to the winery in small crates. Fermentation occurs with indigenous yeasts in temperature controlled tanks with the maceration period lasting approximately 3 weeks with frequent pumping over. The wine is aged on its lees for a total of 3 years in a combination of new and used oak barrels as well as large oak casks. The finished wine is very lightly filtered (cross flow) and not fined. The wines rest in bottle for a minimum of 6 months prior to release.

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  • Côte Rôtie Côte Blonde La Chatillonne

    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: La Chatillone is a small parcel on the northern edge of the Côte Blonde. Exposure here is to the east creating a cooler microclimate. Terraces here are less rocky than the rest of the vineyard with soils made up of gneiss, silica and rich clay.

    Vinification: Grapes are hand harvested and transported to the winery in small crates. Fermentation occurs with indigenous yeasts in temperature controlled tanks with the maceration period lasting approximately 3 weeks with frequent pumping over. The wine is aged on its lees for a total of 4 years in a combination of new and used oak barrels as well as large oak casks. The finished wine is very lightly filtered (cross flow) and not fined. The wines rest in bottle for a minimum of 6 months prior to release.

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  • Cotes du Rhone Blanc

    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: Viognier and Grenache Blanc grapes are grown in shallow soils made up primarily of clay, granite and sand. Vineyards are primarily on hillsides with an average of 150-250 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.

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  • Cotes du Rhone Rosé

    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.

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  • Cotes du Rhone Rouge

    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 150-250 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 tanks with the maceration period lasting approximately two weeks. The wine is aged on its lees with 70% in tank and 30% in large oak barrels. The finished wine is lightly filtered and fined followed by a minimum of 3 months in bottle prior to release.

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  • Crozes-Hermitage Blanc

    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: Sourced from the southern part of the appellation along the left bank of the Rhone River. Soils are made up primarily of Alluvium deposits, stones and clay. Vineyard elevations between 150-300 meters.

    Vinification: Grapes are machine and hand harvested and transported to the winery in small crates. Grapes are pressed and vinified in barrels with select indigenous yeast. The wine is aged on its lees for 4 months. The finished wine is very lightly filtered (cross flow) and not fined. The wines rest in bottle for a minimum of 3 months prior to release.

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  • Crozes-Hermitage Rouge

    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: Sourced from the southern part of the Crozes-Hermitage AOC along the left bank of the Rhone River. Soils are made up primarily of stone, calcareous clay and sand. Vineyard elevations between 150-250 meters.

    Vinification: Grapes are machine and hand harvested and transported to the winery in small crates. Fermentation occurs with indigenous yeasts in temperature controlled tanks with the maceration period lasting approximately 3 weeks. The wine is aged on its lees first in tank for 3 months followed by an additional 12 months in large oak casks. The finished wine is very lightly filtered (cross flow) and not fined. The wines rest in bottle for a minimum of 6 months prior to release.

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  • Gigondas

    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 and Mourvedre grapes are grown on the gentle slopes of Dentelles de Montmirail. Soils are made up primarily of stone, calcareous clay and sand. Vineyard elevations between 150-500 meters.

    Vinification: Grapes are hand harvested and transported to the winery in small crates. Fermentation occurs with indigenous yeasts in temperature controlled tanks with the maceration period lasting approximately 14 days. The wine is aged on its lees first in tank for 3 months followed by an additional 9 months in large oak casks. The finished wine is very lightly filtered (cross flow) and not fined. The wines rest in bottle for a minimum of 3 months prior to release.

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  • Hermitage

    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: From the western slopes of the Hermitage appellation. Soils vary with granite gravel, mica schist, gneiss and clay. Vineyard are steep with elevations between 300-500 meters with an ideal southern exposure.

    Vinification: Grapes are hand harvested and transported to the winery in small crates. Fermentation occurs with indigenous yeasts in temperature controlled tanks with the maceration period lasting approximately 3 weeks with frequent pumping over. The wine is aged on its lees for a total of 4 years in a combination of new and used oak barrels as well as large oak casks. The finished wine is very lightly filtered (cross flow) and not fined. The wines rest in bottle for a minimum of 12 months prior to release.

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  • Muscat de Beaumes-de-Venise

    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: Soils are made up of sandy marl in the south of the appellation and a mix of clay and limestone to the north. Vineyards average an elevation between 250-500 meters.

    Vinification: Grapes are hand harvested and transported to the winery in small crates. Fermentation occurs with indigenous yeasts at cool temperatures in stainless steel tanks. Fermentation is halted by the addition of pure alcohol. The wine is aged on its lees in tank for 12 months. The finished wine is very lightly filtered (cross flow) and not fined. The wines rest in bottle for a minimum of 3 months prior to release.

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  • Saint-Joseph

    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: Sourced from steep slopes along the Rhone River made up of granite soils with schist and gneiss. Vineyard elevations between 200-400 meters with an ideal southern exposure.

    Vinification: Grapes are machine and hand harvested and transported to the winery in small crates. Fermentation occurs with indigenous yeasts in temperature controlled tanks with the maceration period lasting approximately 3 weeks. The wine is aged on its lees first in tank for 3 months followed by an additional 12 months in large oak casks. The finished wine is very lightly filtered (cross flow) and not fined. The wines rest in bottle for a minimum of 4 months prior to release.

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  • Tavel Rosé

    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, and Cinsault grapes are grown in shallow soils made up primarily of clay, stones and sand. Vineyards are spread out on hillsides throughout the appellation.

    Vinification: Grapes are hand and machine harvested and transported to the winery in small crates. The Grenache is vinified using the "Saignée" method of bleeding the juice. Syrah spends a short period of time on its skins at cool temperatures and the Cinsault is vinified by direct pressing. The varietals are blended and vinified in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks for 4 months. The wine is bottled unfined and with only a light filtering.

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  • Vacqueyras

    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 and Mourvedre grapes are grown on the gentle slopes near Dentelles de Montmirail. Soils are made up of marl, clay and sand. Vineyard elevations between 150-500 meters.

    Vinification: Grapes are hand harvested and transported to the winery in small crates. Fermentation occurs with indigenous yeasts in temperature controlled tanks with the maceration period lasting approximately 14 days. The wine is aged on its lees first in tank for 3 months followed by an additional 6 months in large oak casks. The finished wine is very lightly filtered (cross flow) and not fined. The wines rest in bottle for a minimum of 3 months prior to release.

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  • Ventoux

    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: Syrah and Grenache grapes are grown in shallow soils made up primarily of limestone and calcareous clay. Vineyards are primarily on hillsides with an average of 250-500 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 tanks with the maceration period lasting approximately two weeks. The wine is aged on its lees with 70% in tank and 30% in large oak barrels. The finished wine is lightly filtered and fined followed by a minimum of 3 months in bottle prior to release.

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