Vidal-Fleury has a long history dating back to the 1700's. It was one of the wineries visited by Thomas Jefferson on his trip to France in 1787. Today they are considered one of the most consistent producers in the Rhone Valley. The Guigal family took over several years ago and have completely modernized the operation while still following traditional methods. A slow maceration is done for the the grapes in this Cotes du Rhone red. The blend is 65% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre, 5% Carignan and others. Robert Parker said "The same blend and elevage, the 2012 Cotes du Rhone is similarly styled, with ample blackberry, currant, herb and licorice aromas and flavors, medium+-bodied richness and an overall delicious, very drinkable profile. It should be a good value and offer solid mid-week drinking."