Established in 1781 Vidal-Fleury is the oldest continuously operating winery in the Rhone Valley. This Chateauneuf du Pape is a blend of 40% Grenache Blanc, 40% Clairette and 20% Roussanne whose grapes aregrown on stoney terraces at an elevation between 80 to 1560meters above sea level. The soil coposition is of Pebble stones, red clay and sandy soil with an average yield of 32 hl/ha
White Chateauneuf du Pape accounts for less than 10% of production in the appellation.
The grapes were picked by a selection of hand. Skin contact 30%, direct press 70% (pneumatic press). Cooling of the must: 12°C. Natural and light clarification of the must by racking.
Fermentation in stainless steel tanks with selected yeast and temperature controlled at 18°C (64°F). No malolactic fermentation Matured in large oak barrels for 6 months.
Natural clarification by settling and one filtration. Unfined.
The vineyard was initially planted by the Templiers, a religious order, in the 12th century. It expanded in the 14th century under the protection of the popes during their stay in Avignon. The strict rules and laws governing this appellation have become the base for the French laws concerning the "appellation contrôlée" wines.
Founded in 1781, Vidal-Fleury gained an international reputation very quickly. Thomas Jefferson's visit in 1787 was its first contact with the United States.
During the 1890s, Gustave Vidal married a daughter of the Fleury family. Thanks to her dowry, they replanted the vineyard following the phylloxera outbreak. As of the 1920s, the House took an interest in other wine-growing regions in the Rhone Valley. The Appellation was created in 1936.
Pale lemon in colour with aromas of fresh white pear and peach and subtle floral notes. On the palate the wine is fresh, with good acidity. Flavours of acacia honey with a pleasant nutty quality.
Aperitif. Sea food. Some cheeses (Comté, Gruyère, Cantal)