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 Rhone 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.
Blackcurrant. violet and pepper on the nose with a smooth palate of black fruit, mineral and a smoke.
Score: 89 PointsWine Spectator Author: James Molesworth
A solid, gutsy style, with a bramble and licorice root frame around the flavors of dark currant and cherry preserves, ending with a tarry edge on the finish. Drink now through 2021.
Score: 90 PointsVinous Author: Josh Raynolds
Saturated ruby. Aromas of fresh dark berries, violet and licorice, plus a peppery nuance that gains volume as the wine opens up. Silky and lively on entry, then denser in the midpalate, offering juicy blackberry and bitter cherry flavors underscored by smoky minerality. Shows very good clarity and lift on the appealingly persistent finish, which leaves a subtle floral note behind.
Score: 89 PointsThe Wine Advocate Author: Jeb Dunnuck
The 2013 Crozes Hermitage is a solid Syrah that comes all from the southern part of the appellation. It reveals medium-bodied depth and richness to go with classic northern Rhone notes of peppery herbs, blackberry fruit and violets; while it shows the fresher, more acid-driven style of the vintage, it has good concentration. Drink it anytime over the coming 5-6 years.
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