Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge 2012

Vidal-Fleury

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 steeply terraced vineyards in shallow soils made up primarily of clay, stones and sand. Vineyard elevations between 80-100 meters.

Vinification: Grapes are hand and machine harvested and transported to the winery in small crates. Fermentation occurs with indigenous yeasts in temperature controlled tanks with the maceration period lasting approximately 14-20 days. The wine is aged on its lees 100% in large oak barrels for a period of 12 months. 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

Deep, ruby red in color with a nose of mixed fresh cherry, strawberry and prune. Fresh on the palate with firm tannins, layers of peppery spice and berry.

Technical Details

  • Appellation: Chateauneuf-du-Pape
  • Winemaker: Guy Sarton du Jonchay
  • Sustainability: Sustainable Practices
  • Soil: Clay, pebbles, sand
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  • Yield: 43 hl/ha
  • Alcohol: 14.5%
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  • Avg Production: 20,000 cases
  • Sizes Available: 750ml
  • Pack Size: 12/750ml
  • UPC Code: 089744762382
  • Varietals: 85% Grenache, 10% Syrah 5% Mourvedre

Recent Press

  • Score: 91 Points

    Wine Image Wine Spectator Author: James Molesworth
    Date: Thursday, June 1, 2017

    Delivering steeped red currant and raspberry fruit liberally laced with singed chestnut, smoldering savory and roasted cedar accents, this alluring red has solid old-school grip, but with a fresh sanguine streak to enliven the finish. Grenache, Syrah and Mourvdre. Drink now through 2022.

  • Wine Image The Wine Advocate Author: Jeb Dunnuck
    Date: Wednesday, October 1, 2014

    Still in tank at the time of this tasting, the 2012 Chteauneuf du Pape is solid, and should be outstanding. Ripe blueberry, blackberry, violets and wild-herb-like qualities come together nicely in this medium to full-bodied, layered and ripe effort. Possessing sweet tannin, low acidity and a delicious, easy-drinking feel, it should drink nicely on release and evolve gracefully going forward.

    Grade: 89-91 Points

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