About Vidal-Fleury 2017 Cotes du Rhone
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. This wine from the incredible 2016 vintage is a true standout. The blend is 65% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre and 5% Carignan. Long and traditional macerations of 2 weeks for Grenache and 3 weeks for Syrah and Mourvèdre are done while fermenting with indigenous yeast. The aging is split as 70% ages in the tanks on the lees for added texture and complexity while 30% goes into oak barrels. After aging the wine is bottled unfined.
Jeb Dunnuck said about this 2017 "Mostly Grenache, the 2017 Côtes du Rhône offers enjoyable dark fruits, peppery garrigue, and licorice notes as well as medium to full body, good balance, and ripe tannins. It’s a delicious, easy drinking Côtes du Rhône to drink over the coming 3-4 years."