Vidal-Fleury Cotes-du-Rhone 2007
Nose: Grenache leads with strawberry, chocolate, prune, cherry and violet notes.
Palate: Black fruits, cherry, pepper; lingering finish
Pair with red and white meats, pizza, barbecue, pasta and cheese
Now owned by Guigal, this bottling should be fairly easy to find in the United States, with 35,000 cases imported. Its dense, youthful purple color presages intense aromas of jammy black and red berry fruit, while gamy notes, black olives and dried herbs add complexity. The blend of 65% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre and 5% Carignan is long and smooth on the finish, with supple tannins and just the right grip.
The current vintage on the market is the 2007 Cotes du Rhone, a dark ruby/purple wine dominated by Grenache, with gobs of fruit, medium body, and loads of purity and density. The 2009 version of this, which has not yet been bottled, is not as exuberant and fruity, and shows slightly more tannin.
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Founder Joseph Vidal strove to produce wines that expressed the typicity of the various soils and to achieve the highest degree of quality possible. True to the founder's goals. the winery continues to produce wines that... View More