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 two of the most revered parcels of the entire Rhone Valley. Steep, terraced vineyards rise high above the Rhone River. Côte Blonde owes its name to the light soils of gneiss and silica gravel with clay, while the Côte Brune to the north contains darker soil of mica, schist, iron and a higher proportion of clay.
Vinification: Grapes are 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 with frequent pumping over. The wine is aged on its lees for a total of 3 years in a combination of new and used oak barrels as well as 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.
Brilliant, dark red in color. Intense on the nose with violet, spice and berry. Rich, soft but intense on the palate, with layers of red fruit, black currant and spice.
Score: 92 PointsVinous Author: Josh Raynolds
Deep ruby. A complex, seductively perfumed bouquet evokes fresh red and blue fruits, incense and potpourri, accompanied by a hint of smokiness in the background. Sweet, focused and energetic in style, offering intense black raspberry, boysenberry and violet pastille flavors and a touch of bitter chocolate. Shows impressive clarity and mineral lift on the impressively long, youthfully tannic finish, which leaves behind an exotic suggestion of five-spice powder.
Not yet in bottle, the 2013 Cote Rotie Brune et Blonde should match the 2012 in terms of quality. Cassis, vanilla, graphite and spice all give way to a medium-bodied, nicely concentrated, fresh Cote Rotie that will have 10-12 years of overall longevity.
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