Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge 2015

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: 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.

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: Châteauneuf-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: 93 Points

    JamesSuckling.com Author: James Suckling
    Date: Wednesday, September 5, 2018
    "Modern, spicy oak defines the nose, alongside ripe, dark berries that sit in pristine shape on the palate. Suave, long tannins, deep flavors, plenty of sweet, oak spice and a promising future. Drinking well already."
  • The Wine Advocate Author: Joe Czerwinski
    Date: Tuesday, October 10, 2017
    "It was a surprise to discover Vidal-Fleury had submitted its 2015 Chateauneuf du Pape to my blind tasting, as the current vintage in the United States is the 2012. The 2015 looks to be a super effort, showing complex aromas of briary raspberries and garrigue, ample weight and richness and a long, velvety finish."
    Grade: 91-93 points
  • Vinous Author: Josh Raynolds
    Date: Wednesday, March 1, 2017
    "Deep ruby. Bright, mineral-tinged red and blue fruit and floral pastille aromas, along with hints of musky earth and garrigue in the background. Sappy, penetrating raspberry and boysenberry flavors show impressive clarity and smoothly blend power and finesse. A spine of juicy acidity provides freshness and structure and a peppery note lends a spicy edge to the back half. Finishes very long and appealingly sweet, displaying silky texture, slow-building tannins and an echo of ripe red fruit."
    Grade: 92-94 points

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