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VIDAL FLEURY CHATEAU NEUFF DU PAPE, FRANCE

Style of wine
Dry red wine with great aging potential, optimum up to 10 years of age.
History
Creation of the Appellation in 1936.
Present in the Vidal-Fleury’s range since early the 1920’s.
Production
Vidal-Fleury production : 315 Hl, 3500 Cases (eq 12x75cl), 42000 bottles (eq 75cl).
Vineyard
Density 6 000 vines/ha. Yield : 35 Hl/Ha.
Grape
Grenache 85%, Syrah 10%, Mourvèdre 5%.
Soil / Terroir / Climat
Terraces made of pebble stones with red clay and sandy soil. Windy with the Mistral.
Altitude 80 m to 150 m. Temperature 14,5°C (58°F). Rainfall 700 mm. Sunshine 2 800 hours
Pruning
Short gobelet pruning for all grapes except Guyot for the Syrah.
Harvest
September and October, by hand with sort out in the vineyard.
Winemaking & Ageing
Long and traditional maceration: 14 to 20 days. A lot of “délestage” at the beginning of fermentation.
Fermentation with Indigenous yeast.
Controlled temperature for maceration at 30°C.
100% malolactic fermentation.
Aged on lees 100% in large barrels (foudres) during 12 months.
Natural clarification and stabilization by settling and one filtration (Cross Flow). Unfined.
Maturation in bottle: at least 3 months before shipment.
Raised 9 months
Tasting notes
Appearance: deep and dark ruby red.
The nose is a mix of fresh fruits sherry, strawberry and prune with spices like pepper and nutmeg. Then
rosted flavours complete this first nose.
The palate : the freshness makes the starting, then the coated tannins of the Grenache lengthens the wine
in the mouth. The fatness and the “sucrosité” make a greedy balance with acidity and tannins. The fruity
flavours dominate, strengthened by spices and roasted cacao.
Consumption
Temperature 18°C, 64°F. Drink from now to 5 years. Open 2 hours before tasting or decant.

Food pairing
Fowl prepared with sauce based on wine, olive, spices (curry, ginger). Red meat. Cheeses.
Awards
Robert Parker : (89-91) / 100
Robert Parker : 88 / 100
Robert Parker : 89 / 100
Decanter : Bronze Medal
Revue des Vins de France : 15 / 20
Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar : (88-90) / 100
Japan Wine Challenge : Silver Medal
China Wine & Spirits Awards