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: 100% Viognier from steeply terraced southeast facing vineyards. Soils are thin and made up of granite rocks and calcareous clay. Vines are densely planted at an average of 6,000 vines per hectare average yields around 37hl/ha. These vineyards sit at an elevation between 200-350 meters.
Vinification: Grapes are hand picked in mid-October, sorted, pressed and fermented at cool temperatures in a combination of stainless steel tanks (50%) and oak barrels (50%). The juice is fermented solely with indigenous yeasts with 100% of the must undergoing malolactic fermentation. The wine is aged for 12 months on its lees, clarified naturally and lightly filtered followed by an additional 6 months aging in bottle prior to release.
Score: 89 PointsJeb Dunnuck (dot com) Author: Jeb Dunnuck
Another wine showing slightly better than on release, the 2014 Condrieu is a medium-bodied, vibrant, exotic 2014 that has lots of tropical, floral, and honeyed aromas and flavors, medium body, good overall freshness, and a textbook, high-quality style thats ideal for drinking over the coming year or two.
Score: 92 PointsWine Enthusiast Author: Anna Lee
Honeycomb and marzipan accent bright tangerine and peach flavors in this delectably silken sip. It's unctuous and plush in mouthfeel but balanced firmly with sunny citrus acidity and airy plumes of violet and honeysuckle florals.
Score: 91 PointsWine Spectator Author: James Molesworth
An extroverted style, with bold apricot and peach notes backed by a flash of mirabelle plum that gives enough energy to drive through the almond- and brioche-accented finish. A nice display of maximum fruit. Drink now through 2018.
Score: 91 PointsVinous Author: Josh Raynolds
Green-tinged yellow. Ripe pear, nectarine, melon and pungent white flowers on the fragrant nose. Juicy and seamless in the mouth, offering sappy orchard and pit fruit flavors and a spicy touch of candied ginger. Closes supple and broad, displaying strong cling and pit-fruit-driven persistence.
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