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Producer: Vidal-Fleury, Article: The Northern Rhône: 2017 and 2018

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2018 Vidal-Fleury Cotes Du Rhone Blanc

I loved the classic 2018 Côtes du Rhône Blanc from this estate. It has lots of ripe tangerine, citrus oil, and floral notes as well as a textured, ripe, opulent style on the palate. It’s not for those craving racy acidity, but it’s going to shine on the dinner table. It also has terrific purity of fruit. Drink it over the coming year or two.

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I loved the classic 2018 Côtes du Rhône Blanc from this estate. It has lots of ripe tangerine, citrus oil, and floral notes as well as a textured, ripe, opulent style on the palate. It’s not for those craving racy acidity, but it’s going to shine on the dinner table. It also has terrific purity of fruit. Drink it over the coming year or two.

2018 Vidal-Fleury Crozes-Hermitage Blanc

Mostly Marsanne, the 2018 Crozes-Hermitage Blanc is also outstanding, showing a fleshy, ripe, yet seamless style that’s very much in the character of the vintage. White currants, quince, and a touch of flowers dominate the bouquet, and it has terrific balance. I’d be happy to drink a bottle any time over the coming couple of years.

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Mostly Marsanne, the 2018 Crozes-Hermitage Blanc is also outstanding, showing a fleshy, ripe, yet seamless style that’s very much in the character of the vintage. White currants, quince, and a touch of flowers dominate the bouquet, and it has terrific balance. I’d be happy to drink a bottle any time over the coming couple of years.

2018 Vidal-Fleury Saint Joseph Blanc

More crushed citrus, sappy green herbs, and a hint of honeysuckle emerge from the 2018 Saint Joseph Blanc, which is a medium-bodied, straight, vibrant white compared to the Crozes Hermitage. With good acidity, solid mid-palate depth, and a great finish, it will keep for 4-6 years.

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More crushed citrus, sappy green herbs, and a hint of honeysuckle emerge from the 2018 Saint Joseph Blanc, which is a medium-bodied, straight, vibrant white compared to the Crozes Hermitage. With good acidity, solid mid-palate depth, and a great finish, it will keep for 4-6 years.

2018 Vidal-Fleury Condrieu

Clean citrus, white grapefruit, and a touch of sappy flowers emerge from the 2018 Condrieu. It’s medium-bodied, beautifully balanced, has good acidity, and shows remarkable purity and precision in this hot vintage. Drink it over the coming 2-3 years.

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Clean citrus, white grapefruit, and a touch of sappy flowers emerge from the 2018 Condrieu. It’s medium-bodied, beautifully balanced, has good acidity, and shows remarkable purity and precision in this hot vintage. Drink it over the coming 2-3 years.

2018 Vidal-Fleury Cotes Du Rhone Rose

The light ruby-hued 2018 Côtes du Rhône Rose offers pretty citrus, orange blossom, and even a touch of minerality as well as a classy, elegant profile on the palate. It’s well done and ideal for near-term drinking.

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The light ruby-hued 2018 Côtes du Rhône Rose offers pretty citrus, orange blossom, and even a touch of minerality as well as a classy, elegant profile on the palate. It’s well done and ideal for near-term drinking.

2018 Vidal-Fleury Tavel

More strawberry, framboise, sappy herbs, and floral notes emerge from the 2018 Tavel, another medium-bodied, balanced, straight-up classy rosé from this team.

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More strawberry, framboise, sappy herbs, and floral notes emerge from the 2018 Tavel, another medium-bodied, balanced, straight-up classy rosé from this team.

2018 Vidal-Fleury Cotes du Rhone

Not yet bottled, the 2018 Côtes du Rhône should be a step up over the 2017 and has more blue fruits, black licorice, and peppery notes as well as medium-bodied richness and depth. It has the charming, supple style of the vintage front and center and will shine for 3-4 years as well.

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Not yet bottled, the 2018 Côtes du Rhône should be a step up over the 2017 and has more blue fruits, black licorice, and peppery notes as well as medium-bodied richness and depth. It has the charming, supple style of the vintage front and center and will shine for 3-4 years as well.

2018 Vidal-Fleury Cotes Du Rhone Villages

More red-fruited, with complex lavender, garrigue, and peppery notes, the 2018 Côtes du Rhône Villages is another possibly outstanding, impeccably made effort from this top-notch team. Drink this pretty, perfumed 2018 on release and over the following 4-5 years.

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More red-fruited, with complex lavender, garrigue, and peppery notes, the 2018 Côtes du Rhône Villages is another possibly outstanding, impeccably made effort from this top-notch team. Drink this pretty, perfumed 2018 on release and over the following 4-5 years.

2018 Vidal-Fleury Vacqueyras

Mostly Grenache, the violet and peppery, blue-fruited 2018 Vacqueyras is medium-bodied, has a rounded, delicious texture, ripe tannins, and a great finish. I’d be more than happy drinking bottles over the coming 4-5 years or so.

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Mostly Grenache, the violet and peppery, blue-fruited 2018 Vacqueyras is medium-bodied, has a rounded, delicious texture, ripe tannins, and a great finish. I’d be more than happy drinking bottles over the coming 4-5 years or so.

2018 Vidal-Fleury Gigondas

More dark fruits, ground pepper, and a touch of violet emerge from the 2018 Gigondas, a medium-bodied, nicely balanced, textured barrel sample with plenty of character. It shows the softer side of the vintage and I suspect will drink nicely right from the start.

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More dark fruits, ground pepper, and a touch of violet emerge from the 2018 Gigondas, a medium-bodied, nicely balanced, textured barrel sample with plenty of character. It shows the softer side of the vintage and I suspect will drink nicely right from the start.

2018 Vidal-Fleury Chateauneuf Du Pape

Notes of ground pepper, citrus zest, lavender, and garrigue emerge from the 2018 Chateauneuf Du Pape, which has a charming, elegant, lightly textured style. This was a challenging vintage for Châteauneuf du Pape, yet this offers plenty of charm and approachability.

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Notes of ground pepper, citrus zest, lavender, and garrigue emerge from the 2018 Chateauneuf Du Pape, which has a charming, elegant, lightly textured style. This was a challenging vintage for Châteauneuf du Pape, yet this offers plenty of charm and approachability.

2018 Vidal-Fleury Crozes-Hermitage

Not yet bottled, the 2018 Crozes-Hermitage looks to be another terrific effort that’s well worth seeking out. Lots of cassis, ground pepper, truffly earth, and olive notes define this medium-bodied, rounded, balanced red. It’s very much in the charming, supple yet pure style of the vintage.

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Not yet bottled, the 2018 Crozes-Hermitage looks to be another terrific effort that’s well worth seeking out. Lots of cassis, ground pepper, truffly earth, and olive notes define this medium-bodied, rounded, balanced red. It’s very much in the charming, supple yet pure style of the vintage.

2018 Vidal-Fleury Saint Joseph

The 2018 Saint Joseph appears to be a rounded, medium to full-bodied, beautifully balanced effort that has textbook minerality as well as blue fruits, peppery herbs and violet notes. My money is on it being an outstanding wine and it should easily evolve for 7-8 years or more.

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The 2018 Saint Joseph appears to be a rounded, medium to full-bodied, beautifully balanced effort that has textbook minerality as well as blue fruits, peppery herbs and violet notes. My money is on it being an outstanding wine and it should easily evolve for 7-8 years or more.

2018 Vidal-Fleury Cornas

Like the 2017, the 2018 Cornas is a ripe, sexy Cornas that has exotic notes of sappy herbs, cracked peppercorns, citrus zest, and assorted black fruits. It’s medium to full-bodied, expands nicely on the palate, has light tannins, and the pure, seamless style of the vintage.

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Like the 2017, the 2018 Cornas is a ripe, sexy Cornas that has exotic notes of sappy herbs, cracked peppercorns, citrus zest, and assorted black fruits. It’s medium to full-bodied, expands nicely on the palate, has light tannins, and the pure, seamless style of the vintage.

2018 Vidal-Fleury Hermitage

The 2018 Hermitage plays in the same ballpark quality-wise yet has a touch more elegance. Medium to full-bodied, with beautiful tannins, it has lots of blue fruits, charcoal, and violet nuances as well as the upfront charm of this terrific vintage.

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The 2018 Hermitage plays in the same ballpark quality-wise yet has a touch more elegance. Medium to full-bodied, with beautiful tannins, it has lots of blue fruits, charcoal, and violet nuances as well as the upfront charm of this terrific vintage.

2018 Vidal-Fleury Cote Rotie Brune Et Blonde De Vidal-Fleury

Tasted as a barrel sample, the 2018 Côte Rôtie Brune Et Blonde De Vidal-Fleury should wind up being another outstanding wine, which, given the quality of the vintage, shouldn’t surprise anyone. Its deep purple hue is followed by terrific blueberry-like fruits, spring flowers, licorice, and even a touch of graphite. I love the 2017 for its ripe, exuberant character, and the 2018 is cut from the same cloth yet has a touch more purity and finesse.

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Tasted as a barrel sample, the 2018 Côte Rôtie Brune Et Blonde De Vidal-Fleury should wind up being another outstanding wine, which, given the quality of the vintage, shouldn’t surprise anyone. Its deep purple hue is followed by terrific blueberry-like fruits, spring flowers, licorice, and even a touch of graphite. I love the 2017 for its ripe, exuberant character, and the 2018 is cut from the same cloth yet has a touch more purity and finesse.

2018 Vidal-Fleury Cote Rotie Cote Blonde La Chatillonne

Last of the reds, the 2018 Côte Rôtie Côte Blonde La Chatillonne is another killer bottle of wine I’d be thrilled to have in the cellar. Deep purple-hued with classic red and blue fruits, liquid violets, orange blossom, and hints of orange blossom, it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, a seamless texture, silky tannins, and just loads of character as well as class. It’s going to drink well for 20 years or more.

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Last of the reds, the 2018 Côte Rôtie Côte Blonde La Chatillonne is another killer bottle of wine I’d be thrilled to have in the cellar. Deep purple-hued with classic red and blue fruits, liquid violets, orange blossom, and hints of orange blossom, it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, a seamless texture, silky tannins, and just loads of character as well as class. It’s going to drink well for 20 years or more.

2017 Vidal-Fleury Condrieu

Light gold-colored, the 2017 Condrieu offers a spicy, orange blossom, and caramelized citrus-driven bouquet. This carries to a medium-bodied Condrieu that has good acidity, impeccable balance, and a great finish. Brought up all in French oak, it’s an outstanding Condrieu to enjoy over the coming 2-3 years.

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Light gold-colored, the 2017 Condrieu offers a spicy, orange blossom, and caramelized citrus-driven bouquet. This carries to a medium-bodied Condrieu that has good acidity, impeccable balance, and a great finish. Brought up all in French oak, it’s an outstanding Condrieu to enjoy over the coming 2-3 years.

2017 Vidal-Fleury Crozes-Hermitage

Lots of cedary spice, herbes de Provence, new leather, and sweet cassis and raspberry fruits emerge from the 2017 Crozes-Hermitage, which is medium-bodied, supple, beautifully polished, and elegant on the palate. This was a terrific vintage for Crozes, and this 2017 has a classic, balanced style that's going to evolve beautifully for 7-8 years or more.

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Lots of cedary spice, herbes de Provence, new leather, and sweet cassis and raspberry fruits emerge from the 2017 Crozes-Hermitage, which is medium-bodied, supple, beautifully polished, and elegant on the palate. This was a terrific vintage for Crozes, and this 2017 has a classic, balanced style that's going to evolve beautifully for 7-8 years or more.

2017 Vidal-Fleury Cornas

Notes of wild game, spring flowers, and peppery herbs emerge from the 2017 Cornas, a rock-solid, medium to full-bodied Cornas that has plenty to love. It has the forward, sexy style of the vintage yet still is classic Cornas. Drink it over the coming decade.

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Notes of wild game, spring flowers, and peppery herbs emerge from the 2017 Cornas, a rock-solid, medium to full-bodied Cornas that has plenty to love. It has the forward, sexy style of the vintage yet still is classic Cornas. Drink it over the coming decade.

2017 Vidal-Fleury Saint Joseph

Bottled in May, the 2017 Saint Joseph has good fruit as well as classic peppery herb-like nuances, yet it’s chewy and slightly rough around the edges on the palate. I suspect it’s best drunk up.

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Bottled in May, the 2017 Saint Joseph has good fruit as well as classic peppery herb-like nuances, yet it’s chewy and slightly rough around the edges on the palate. I suspect it’s best drunk up.

2017 Vidal-Fleury Cote Rotie Brune Et Blonde De Vidal-Fleury

Leading off the Côte Rôties, the 2017 Côte Rôtie Brune Et Blonde De Vidal-Fleury (which includes 5% Viognier) offers a forward, rounded, medium-bodied character that shows the vintage style perfectly. Upfront kirsch and black raspberry fruits are intermixed with lots of floral and peppery notes, and it’s charming, balanced, and already a joy to drink. Enjoy bottles over the coming decade or so.

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Leading off the Côte Rôties, the 2017 Côte Rôtie Brune Et Blonde De Vidal-Fleury (which includes 5% Viognier) offers a forward, rounded, medium-bodied character that shows the vintage style perfectly. Upfront kirsch and black raspberry fruits are intermixed with lots of floral and peppery notes, and it’s charming, balanced, and already a joy to drink. Enjoy bottles over the coming decade or so.

2017 Vidal-Fleury Cote Rotie Cote Blonde La Chatillonne

Not yet bottled, the 2017 Côte Rôtie Côte Blonde La Chatillonne (all Syrah aged in new barrels) is a blockbuster in the making, and this cuvée never gets the recognition it deserves in the market. Rock star notes of black raspberries, orange blossom, flowers, and exotic spice define the bouquet, and it’s medium to full-bodied, flawlessly balanced, has ripe tannins, and a great, great finish.

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Not yet bottled, the 2017 Côte Rôtie Côte Blonde La Chatillonne (all Syrah aged in new barrels) is a blockbuster in the making, and this cuvée never gets the recognition it deserves in the market. Rock star notes of black raspberries, orange blossom, flowers, and exotic spice define the bouquet, and it’s medium to full-bodied, flawlessly balanced, has ripe tannins, and a great, great finish.

2017 Vidal-Fleury Cotes Du Rhone

Mostly Grenache, the 2017 Côtes du Rhône offers enjoyable dark fruits, peppery garrigue, and licorice notes as well as medium to full body, good balance, and ripe tannins. It’s a delicious, easy drinking Côtes du Rhône to drink over the coming 3-4 years.

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Mostly Grenache, the 2017 Côtes du Rhône offers enjoyable dark fruits, peppery garrigue, and licorice notes as well as medium to full body, good balance, and ripe tannins. It’s a delicious, easy drinking Côtes du Rhône to drink over the coming 3-4 years.

2017 Vidal-Fleury Cotes Du Rhone Villages

The 2017 Côtes du Rhône Villages is more Grenache-dominated and was brought up in tank and foudre. It’s a big step up over the base Côtes du Rhône and offers a medium to full-bodied, ripe, incredible Provençal style as well as notes of ripe cherries, ground herbs, and earth. It’s a hidden gem in the vintage and I suspect a terrific value. Drink bottles over the coming 4-5 years.

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The 2017 Côtes du Rhône Villages is more Grenache-dominated and was brought up in tank and foudre. It’s a big step up over the base Côtes du Rhône and offers a medium to full-bodied, ripe, incredible Provençal style as well as notes of ripe cherries, ground herbs, and earth. It’s a hidden gem in the vintage and I suspect a terrific value. Drink bottles over the coming 4-5 years.