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 and Mourvedre grapes are grown on the gentle slopes of Dentelles de Montmirail. Soils are made up primarily of stone, calcareous clay and sand. Vineyard elevations between 150-500 meters.
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 14 days. The wine is aged on its lees first in tank for 3 months followed by an additional 9 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 3 months prior to release.
Deep red in color with a nose of ripe dark fruit. Full on the palate with layers of blackberry, cherry, prune and violet.
Score: 89 PointsWine Spectator Author: James Molesworth
Polished in feel, with creamed raspberry and warm cherry paste flavors gliding through, lined with red licorice notes and backed by a light apple wood hint on the open finish. Drink now through 2020.
Score: 93 PointsThe Wine Advocate Author: Joe Czerwinski
The 2015 Gigondas has been bottled but not yet released. It's a stunning effort, perfumed and floral on the nose, loaded with raspberries and stone fruit on the palate. Full-bodied and lush without being heavy or warm, it's among the best of the vintage.
Score: 90 PointsVinous Author: Josh Raynolds
Brilliant ruby. Heady red fruit liqueur, potpourri and licorice scents show very good clarity and pick up a spicecake quality as the wine opens up. Sweet, broad and seamless in texture, offering sappy raspberry and cherry flavors and a touch of cocoa powder. Supple tannins shape the finish, which hangs on with strong, spicy tenacity.
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