Vidal-Fleury - 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 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 Details editDeep, 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.
- Appellation: Châteauneuf-du-Pape
- Winemaker: Guy Sarton du Jonchay
- Sustainability: Sustainable Practices
- Soil: Clay, pebbles, sand
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- Yield: 43 hl/ha
- Alcohol: 14.5%
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- Avg Production: 20,000 cases
- Sizes Available: 750ml
- Pack Size: 12/750ml
- UPC Code: 089744762382
- Varietals: 85% Grenache, 10% Syrah 5% Mourvedre
Recent News edit
The Wine Advocate Rating: 90
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."