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How Good is Vidal-Fleury Côtes du Rhône Pink?


Wine Overview of 2015 Vidal-Fleury Côtes du Rhône Rouge, France

Rating: 89+/100 factors

This Cotes du Rhone by négociant Maison Vidal Fleury (established 1781 in Southern France) is a mix of 65% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre, and 5% Carignan aged on lees 70% in tanks and 30% in giant oak vats (foudres).

About 400Okay bottles of this cuvée are produced yearly, making of this Cotes du Rhone an reasonably priced and broadly accessible Southern French crimson wine.

It retails within the US round $ 15-$ 20 (£10 – €12). This 2015 was scored 88/100 factors by Robet Parker of The Wine Advocate and 89/100 by the Wine Spectator.

However how good is it?

Vidal-Fleury Côtes du Rhône in Video

Watch my assessment and tasting feedback in video as I attempted the wine in entrance of the digicam, or learn my notes additional down under.

Total Wine Overview Notes & Tasting Impressions

A darkish and intense wine in its look, and a relatively profound one in its fragrant profile for a Cotes du Rhone made by a négociant.

It appears to be like and smells deep, maybe helped by the truth that this can be a Three-year-odl wine already (classic 2015 whilst you typically discover Cotes du Rhone wines which might be just one or 2 years previous solely available on the market).

Juicy aromas of blackberry compete with raspberry jam, a contact of natural grassiness like basil, and a warming and comforting pepperiness (maybe from the Syrah within the mix) is to be smelt predominantly.

On the palate, the wine feels each very clean and beneficiant, in addition to crisp and dry from such a salivating acidity.

Tannins are comfortable, whereas the physique is coating and underlining positively the generosity of the ripe crimson berry fruit taste characters.

Whereas some heat from the alcohol is to be felt (which is considerably comforting if you happen to like ripe blackberry or cherry flavors), the entire really feel dry and barely earthy on the identical time, making for a vinous wine that guarantees to be very meals pleasant.

Meals & Wine Pairings?

It’s going to actually stand up to flavorful dishes comparable to pizzas, pasta dishes and barbecues or grilled meats due to its opulent physique, comfortable texture, and pushed chili-like peppery spiciness.

Get pleasure from 🙂

Julien Miquel

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How Good is Vidal-Fleury Côtes du Rhône White?

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How Good is Vidal-Fleury Côtes du Rhône White?


Wine Assessment of 2017 Maison Vidal-Fleury Côtes du Rhône Blanc, France

Rating: 88/100

This French Côtes du Rhône white wine by well-known home Vidal-Fleury is a mix dominated by a 88% Viognier with a 12% Grenache Blanc 12%, and the remaining 10% made up with different native grape varieties.

Grapes have been harvested each by hand and utilizing machine across the finish of August 2017. After a pores and skin contact for about 30% of the grapes to extract extra aromas and physique, and direct urgent for the opposite 70% the wine was fermentation in stainless-steel tanks with chosen yeast at a managed temperature at 18°C (a reasonably low 64°F).

No malolactic fermentation. Ageing on lees was run with common bâtonnage (lees stirring however no contact with oak barrels) for about 6 months. The wine was filtered as soon as however not filtered earlier than bottling.

Total Tasting Notes & Impressions

With a vivid and only a tiny however pale a lemon-yellow colour that includes hints of orange hues, this Rhone white shines with floral and warming fruity aromas.

Acidic apricot, lily, elderflower and recent white peach dominate the fragrant profile. Hints of savory yeasty notes are to be smelt as effectively, suggesting an ageing on lees, including depth and a few nice smokiness in a world of vivid and ripe fruit.

This can be a dry white wine, with ok an acidity to really feel to make the fruity summery fruit flavors really feel refreshing. However that is additionally a textural wine with considerably of an oily physique coating your palate and refined silky phenolics including granulosity and a savory barely bitter style to the end.

A beneficiant and comforting white, that includes crisp and clear fruity and floral characters, and including spiciness, smokiness, and depth of leesy flavors to a warming and ripe fruity stability.

A Rhone wine constructed to be paired simply with all forms of summery meals, barbecues, antipasti, tapas, salads, vegetable or vegetarian dishes in addition to seafoods or grilled meats.

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Julien Miquel

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How Good is Domaine Berthète Sensation Rhône Crimson?


Wine Overview of 2016 JP Bourgeois Domaine de la Berthète Cuvée Sensation Côtes du Rhône, France

Rating: 90+/100

Made by Domaine de la Berthète in Southern France, the cuvee ‘Sensation’ was made in collaboration with and distributed within the USA by JP Bourgeois.

From a mix of 50% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 20% Carignan, and 5% Cinsault, aged for 12 months in stainless-steel tanks (85%) and in French oak barrels (15%), and provided that JP Bourgeois claims that they “provide probably the greatest and most complete alternatives of wines underneath $ 15 retail”, this might show to be an fascinating French Rhone wine.

In truth, bought round $ 11 and $ 13 within the USA (ex-tax), it may in truth be a steal, if it’s any good!

Let’s discover out…

That is how JP Bourgeois describes the challenge and the wine:

So, How Good is Domaine de la Berthète Cuvée Sensation Crimson?

Tasting Notes

This Rhone purple is available in a quite darkish and intense ruby purple shade stuffed with youthful purple hues, betraying each its obvious focus and its younger age.

The nostril is predominantly fruity, though feeling nonetheless fairly introvert and restrained, like a wine in want of additional ageing to get totally mature.

Darkish cherry and recent raspberry are coated in a decent darkish cocoa and clove envelope, whereas a contact of lifted vegetal spices resembling fennel and inexperienced pepper give a pleasing spicy tone that makes issues fairly fascinating.

Put the wine in your mouth, and the palate reveals a dry and granulous wine, with clean velvety tannins that really feel like high-quality grains of sand or grains of clay I suppose could be extra correct.

Flavors are generously fruity, dominated by juicy darkish and acidic cherry notes, elegantly coated in delicate caramel and vanilla. The entire feels tremendous gentle and salivating, vibrant from the dry really feel mixed with the juicy acidity, ending on a salivating barely salty end.

General

A Rhone wine with loads of likable characters. Clean and pungently fruity, it’s also savory, bitter and salty, with edgy younger tannins offering a salivating food-friendly vinosity.

Ensure that to decant, or ought to I say aerate aplenty a slid half-hour earlier than serving. Clearly the wine opens up and settles with time after opening and throughout the glass.

A younger wine at this stage, it’s nice already, however will definitely profit in depth and common steadiness from at a yr or two of additional ageing within the bottle. From there, drink inside 5 to 7 years (2019-2026) and you’ll actually get pleasure from a balanced and vigorous purple.

Presumably headed in direction of the 91-92/100 rating mark ought to it acquire size and a extra refined texture over a number of months/years of maturing.

Given the value tag, it’s arduous to argue this Cuvée Sensation by Domaine de la Berthète will impress the discerning wine lovers in quest of dry and savory purple in a typical European, characterful and mineral type. An age-worthy wine at this pricing degree can be fairly uncommon!

Wine & Meals Pairings

Pair with generously-tasty dishes, of Mediterranean or oriental affect. Tomato, basil and mozzarella salad for instance, a spicy tajine, or a chic Italian tomato paste dish come to thoughts as the proper every-day-life typically-European matches.

In any means, I’d counsel to go for shiny, generously flavored and barely natural and/or spicy recipe.

Get pleasure from 🙂

Julien Miquel

Domaine Berthète Sensation Crimson, Label Photographs