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: 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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