Cotes du Rhône Rouge 2021


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 Information

Dark red color with purple reflections. The nose is characterized by intense aromas of candied red fruits, black pepper, and thyme. A round palate with a present and balanced tannic structure. The finish is long with cherry notes

Pairing: Perfectly complements meat-based dishes such as duck shepherd’s pie, lamb navarin, or beef grills. It also pairs well with characterful cheeses.

About the Vintage: The 2021 vintage was characterized by freshness. May and June, cooler than usual, delayed flowering. Summer sunshine provided the necessary warmth to enrich the grapes with sugars and aromas. Subsequently, meticulous aging, tailored to each wine and terroir, brought out the full potential of our cuvées.

Technical Details

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

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