2014 Vidal Flaury Cairanne
$25.95 btl / $155.70 cs (case of 6 x 750ml)
The 2014 Vidal-Fleury Cairanne is a perfect red for the season because it pairs very well with BBQ and over delivers at this price point. Produced in very limited quantities with only 1,200 cases made this is a beautifully, well-made wine and is one of the greatest values and most reliable Rhône villages. The high percentage of Grenache delivers bright red fruit and freshness, while Syrah and Mourvèdre contribute some punch with black pepper and structure. Overall, offers bright yet bold and dense cherry red, with an aromatic nose of sweet prunes, raspberry compote and hints of toast. The palate is equally fruit-driven, with robust tannins and a peppery finish.
Vidal-Fleury is one of the oldest firms in the Rhône Valley and is well regarded amongst the top wine critics. If you are familiar with the Côtes du Rhône you have probably come across this highly reputable Rhône house. Vidal-Fleury has been in the business for centuries and is considered one of the greatest wineries in the region with an impressive portfolio spanning from north to south. Cairanne is a hillside village in Southern Rhône, formerly part of the Côtes du Rhône appellation. Recognized for their superior quality, the wines are now labelled with the village name, setting them apart from lesser wines from the rest of the region.
Price: Case of 6 at $155.70 ($25.95 per bottle)Drink: Drink now or over the next 4 years
Variety: 80% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 5% Mourvèdre
Service: Best served at a temperature of 18°C. Decant 1 hour before tasting
16.5 out of 20, Jancis Robinson
“Dark dark crimson. Well balanced. Not overdramatic. Fully ripe but not overripe fruit. Well balanced. Not the most quirky wine but very competent. Quite early maturing for this appellation.”
88 points, Jeb Dunnuck for RobertParker.com:
“The 2014 Cairanne shows what this village does so well—delivering tons of upfront charm and appeal right out of the gate. Notes of herbes de Provence, ripe black cherries and saddle leather all emerge from this medium-bodied, elegant, supple and undeniably delicious 2014 that’s ideal for drinking over the coming 3-4 years.”
Food Pairing: Lamb or roasted duck, meaty pizza, barbecue, hearty pasta dishes, cheeses and charcuterie