The grapes were picked by a selection of hand and machine at the end of August 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 Ageing on lees with "bâtonnage" : 6 months.
Natural clarification by settling and one filtration. Unfined.
Hand picking of the grapes took place at end September. Grapes has at least 252 gr/L of sugar (15° alcohol potential). Fermentation was in stainless steel tanks with selected yeast and temperature controlled
at 20°C (68°F) until 8° - 10°. To stop the fermentation, pure alcohol (96°) was added and the wine was cooled to 5°C (41°F).
"Mutage". Is a fortified wine. No malolactic fermentation.Aged on lees with "bâtonnage" in tanks.Unfined.
Maturation in bottle 3 months before shipment.
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 yellow in colour. The nose is full of both fresh (apricot, melon) and dry (Almond). Some floral flavours (acacia).The palate is fresh and sharp. Fresh fruit flavours of apricot and melon abound, clean and refreshing with a long finish.
Serve at a temperature of 11°C (52°F). Can be aged up to 5 years.
Aperitif. Sea food. Some cheeses (Comté, Gruyère, Cantal)