Vacqueyras 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: Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre grapes are grown on the gentle slopes near Dentelles de Montmirail. Soils are made up of marl, clay and sand. Vineyard elevations between 150-500 meters.

Vinification: Grapes are 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 14 days. The wine is aged on its lees first in tank for 3 months followed by an additional 6 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 3 months prior to release.

Additional Information

Bright red, some blue and black highlights. Aromas of blackberry, “garrigue”, rosemary, and hints of violet. On the palate are spicy, black fruits with, silky and smooth tannins.

Technical Details

  • Appellation: Vacqueyras
  • Winemaker: Guy Sarton du Jonchay
  • Sustainability: Sustainable Practices
  • Soil: Marl, clay, sand
  • Yield: 33 hl/ha
  • Alcohol: 13.5%
  • Avg Production: 1650 cases
  • Sizes Available: 750ml
  • Pack Size: 12/750ml
  • Varietals: 50% Grenache, 30% Syrah, 20% Mourvedre

Recent Press

  • Score: 92 Points

    Wine Enthusiast Author: Anna Lee C. Iijima
    Date: Saturday, August 15, 2020
    "This sultry, perfumed wine wafts of sun-drenched blackberries struck by a crush of granite. Concentrated with pristine cassis flavor, it's an opulent, richly textured sip held upright by firm, bracing tannins. Fresh fruit flavors are irresistible young but it's structured enough to drink well through 2027."
  • Score: 90 Points

    Vinous Author: Josh Raynolds
    Date: Friday, March 6, 2020
    "Opaque ruby. Smoke-accented aromas of ripe dark berries, licorice, pungent flowers and white pepper; a hint of cola emerges slowly. Spicy and seamless in texture, offering pliant blueberry and bitter cherry flavors that show very good depth and building spiciness. Finishes long and smooth, with just a hint of fine-grained tannins adding gentle grip. Raised in neutral oak foudres."

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