Crozes-Hermitage 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 Guy Sarton du Jonchay.

Terroir: Sourced from the southern part of the Crozes-Hermitage AOC along the left bank of the Rhône River. Soils are made up primarily of stone, calcareous clay and sand. Vineyard elevations between 150-250 meters.

Vinification: Grapes are machine and hand harvested and transported to the winery in small crates. Fermentation occurs with indigenous yeasts in temperature controlled tanks with the maceration period lasting approximately 3 weeks. The wine is aged on its lees first in tank for 3 months followed by an additional 12 months in large oak casks. The finished wine is very lightly filtered (cross flow) and not fined. The wines rest in bottle for a minimum of 6 months prior to release.

Additional Information

Blackcurrant, violet, and pepper on the nose with a smooth palate of black fruit, mineral and a smoke.

Technical Details

  • Appellation: Crozes-Hermitage
  • Winemaker: Guy Sarton du Jonchay
  • Sustainability: Sustainable Practices
  • Soil: Clay, pebbles, sand
  • Yield: 45 hl/ha
  • Alcohol: >14%
  • Avg Production: 4500 cases
  • Sizes Available: 750ml
  • Pack Size: 12/750ml
  • Varietals: 100% Syrah

Recent Press

  • Score: 90 Points

    The Wine Advocate Author: Joe Czerwinski
    Date: Friday, June 4, 2021
    "Fairly bursting with blueberries and raspberries, the 2017 Crozes Hermitage is a medium-bodied, lush, easy-drinking Syrah to gulp down over the next several years. There's just enough of a tannic backbone to think it will be adequate with grilled burgers but enough suppleness that you can happily drink it on its own."

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