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.
Yellow in colour with some gold highlights. The nose is expressive of litchi, grapefruit, peel of orange, dried apricot,honeyThe palate is fresh, not to sweet.flavours of stone fruit of peaches and apricots Luscious with a long clean finish.
Serve at a cool temperature of 8°C (48°F). Can be aged up to 15 years.
Aperitif. Blue cheese. Foie Gras. Desert based on fruit, ice cream, black and strong chocolate