Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge 2012


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 Antoine Dupre

Terroir: Our Châteauneuf is produced from old vines cultivated to the east of the appellation, in the La Crau terroir characterized by clayey soils covered with pebbles and rolled stones. The climate is Mediterranean, influenced by the mistral wind.

Vinification: The winemaking process includes destemmed harvesting, alcoholic fermentation under controlled temperature, three to four weeks of maceration, and post-fermentation maceration at a warm temperature. The entire batch is aged for two years in oak vats.

Additional Information

Deep, ruby red in color with a nose of mixed fresh cherry, strawberry and prune. Fresh on the palate with firm tannins, layers of peppery spice and berry.

Technical Details

  • Appellation: Chateauneuf-du-Pape
  • Winemaker: Guy Sarton du Jonchay
  • Sustainability: Sustainable Practices
  • Soil: Clay, pebbles, sand
  • Yield: 43 hl/ha
  • Alcohol: 14.5%
  • Avg Production: 20,000 cases
  • Sizes Available: 750ml
  • Pack Size: 12/750ml
  • Varietals: 85% Grenache, 10% Syrah 5% Mourvedre

Recent Press

  • Score: 91 Points

    Wine Enthusiast Author: Anna Lee
    Date: Friday, April 6, 2018
    While roasted plum and fig flavors are plump and fleshy here, savory hints of earth and bramble lend complexity to this silken soft wine. Sunny raspberry acidity and ripe, fleshy tannins accent its warm appeal along with delicate clove and vanilla notes that linger through the finish.
  • Score: 91 Points

    Wine Spectator Author: James Molesworth
    Date: Tuesday, May 30, 2017
    Delivering steeped red currant and raspberry fruit liberally laced with singed chestnut, smoldering savory and roasted cedar accents, this alluring red has solid old-school grip, but with a fresh sanguine streak to enliven the finish. Grenache, Syrah and Mourvdre. Drink now through 2022.
  • The Wine Advocate Author: Jeb Dunnuck
    Date: Monday, November 14, 2016
    Still in tank at the time of this tasting, the 2012 Chteauneuf du Pape is solid, and should be outstanding. Ripe blueberry, blackberry, violets and wild-herb-like qualities come together nicely in this medium to full-bodied, layered and ripe effort. Possessing sweet tannin, low acidity and a delicious, easy-drinking feel, it should drink nicely on release and evolve gracefully going forward.
    Grade: 89-91 Points

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