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, Mourvedre and Carignan grapes are grown in shallow soils made up primarily of clay, stones and sand. Vineyards are primarily on hillsides with an average of 100-200 meters in elevation.
Vinification: Grapes are hand and machine harvested and transported to the winery in small crates. Fermentation occurs with indigenous yeasts in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks. Malolactic fermentation does not occur. The wine is aged in tank, on its lees for six months. The finished wine is lightly filtered and fined followed by a minimum of 3 months in bottle prior to release.
Fresh and delicate with a pale pink color, floral, fruity nose and refreshing palate driven by ripe berries and mineral.
Score: 89 PointsThe Wine Advocate Author: Joe Czerwinski
Slightly deeper and more coppery in hue than many of its counterparts, the 2016 Cotes du Rhone Rose is made in a grown-up, savory style. There's no bubblegum or cotton-candy fruit here. Instead, it delivers crushed stone, melon and berry flavors in a medium-bodied, silky-textured format, finishing on a completely dry stone-and-citrus note. Drink it over the next several months.
Score: 88 PointsVinous Author: Josh Raynolds
Lurid pink. Ripe red berries and blood orange on the deeply scented nose and in the mouth. In an ample, fleshy style, displaying the texture of a light red wine. Finishes broad and chewy, offering good length and warm, lingering raspberry character.
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