Vidal-Fleury 2012 Côte-Rôtie Brune et Blonde

$89.95 btl / $539.70 cs (case of  6 x 750ml)

Northern Rhône is the benchmark by which the world’s Syrah is measured, and the Côte-Rôtie appellation within Northern Rhône offers some of the most elegant and seductive wines in the world. Due to the appellation’s small size, unique sun-exposed and wind-protected slopes, and strict production rules the prices for these wines are high, but worth every dollar.

Today’s offer comes from Vidal-Fleury, the oldest firm in the Rhône Valley. The 2012 Côte-Rôtie Brune et Blonde offers textbook notes of black raspberries, olives, spiced meats and pepper, this medium-bodied wine offers the sweetness and purity of dark red and black fruit that is good now, and will be better with age. Very limited supply, only 15 cases available.

Price: Case of 6 at $539.70 ($89.95 per bottle)

Drink: Now or over the next 20 years

Type/Variety: Dry red, 96% Syrah, 4 % Viognier

Service: Best served at a temperature of 18°C. Decant 2 hours before tasting

Accolades: 90-92 pts eRobertParker.com 

Food Pairing: Grilled bison, venison, slow-roasted barbecue pork, braised lamb shoulder

To order please call 416-463-4677 or email info@smallwinemakers.ca

This historic house was founded in 1781 when Joseph Vidal bought his first vineyard in Ampuis. Since the beginning the house had a reputation for quality, attracting visits from connoisseurs such as the future President of the United States, Thomas Jefferson. The house was managed by Vidal family members until 1984, when it was purchased by Guigal. Vidal-Fleury still owns its original vineyard in Cote-Rotie and has long-term contracts with growers in many other appellations of the north and south Rhône to produce this impressive list of wines.

Robert Parker, a leading U.S. wine critic with and a highly acclaimed international wine influencer stated:

“Look out for Vidal-Fleury starting in 2008! With a brand new, state of the art winemaking facility, tucked beneath the Côte-Rôtie vineyards of the Côte-Blonde, and new management team, this famous estate looks to turn a page in a positive and dramatic fashion. All of these wines were made by the old regime, and I suspect things will change dramatically for the better in upcoming vintages”

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