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Vidal-Fleury - Cotes du Rhône Rouge 2017


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 is produced from vines cultivated on the right bank of the Rhône, in the Southeast of Ardèche. The soils overlooking the river are clayey, composed of pebbly alluvial deposits with Rhodanian pebbles and loess. The climate is Mediterranean, influenced by the mistral wind. You have Grenache, syrah, Mourvèdre and Carignan grape. Vinification: The winemaking process involves destemmed harvesting, alcoholic fermentation under controlled temperature, and three to four weeks of maceration, depending on the grape variety. Aging takes place for one year on lees, with 70% of the batch in stainless steel tanks, 20% in large oak vats, and 10% in oak barrels.

Additional Details edit

Ruby red in color. A nose dominated by notes of cocoa, cherries, and spice. On the palate, the wine is bold with blackcurrant, cherry, and roasted nut flavors.

Technical Details
  • Appellation: Cotes du Rhône
  • Winemaker: Guy Sarton du Jonchay
  • Sustainability: Sustainable Practices
  • Soil: Clay, pebbles, sand
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  • Yield: 43 hl/ha
  • Alcohol: >14%
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  • Avg Production: 40,000 cases
  • Sizes Available: 750ml
  • Pack Size: 12/750ml
  • UPC Code: 089744762337
  • Varietals: 65% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre, 5% Carignan

Recent News edit

Wine Enthusiast Rating: 87

Author: Anna Lee C. Iijima

Date: Saturday, May 1, 2021

"Notes of tar, singed spice and leather saddle lend savory, rustic undertones to ripe black cherry and plum in this wine. A blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre matured in 70% tank and 30% foudres, it's a concentrated wine with Old-World sensibilities, framed by fine, penetrating tannins. Best now–2024."