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 wine comes from vines cultivated on the right bank of the Rhône, on gravelly slopes and clay-limestone terraces. The climate is Mediterranean, influenced by the mistral. The grapes are Viognier, Clairette, Grenache blanc and Roussane.
Vinification: Slow and gentle direct pressing to preserve the delicacy of the juice aromas. Alcoholic fermentation at low temperatures (16-18°C). No malolactic fermentation. Aging on lees in stainless steel tanks for 6 months.
Pale yellow in color. Aromas of fresh apricot and melon with a hint of almonds. The palate shows bright acidity and freshness, with fresh fruit notes continuing on to a long finish.
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