Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge 2016


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: 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: 90 Points

    The Wine Advocate Author: Joe Czerwinski
    Date: Friday, August 30, 2019
    "More than 85% Grenache, with the balance made up of Mourvèdre (10%) and other permitted varieties (a slight change from what I was told last year when tasting a prospective blend), the 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape balances delicate raspberry tones against sturdier notes of cola, black olive and earth. Full-bodied and velvety, it's nearly ready to drink, and it should last for a decade."

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