2013 Vidal-Fleury Côtes-du-Rhône SKU #1264394


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  • Keith Mabry
    By: Keith Mabry
    K&L Staff Member
    Last year, the Vidal-Fleury was one of our biggest Rhone success stories. I initially approached this wine with some hesitation as 2013 is a restrained vintage (which I usually prefer) and Vidal Fleury is a large co-op based in the northern Rhone (which is not necessarily a bad thing). A strong review from the likes of Decanter Magazine can do a lot to sway my attention as my flavor palate and theirs have a tendency to align. So taste it I did and impressive it was. Sumptuous red fruit was surrounded by flavors of Indian spices and potpourri. A delicious wine well worth the price of admission. The wine sold through in less than two months and we thought it long gone. But, a new chapter is written in this story. I recently met with a representative from Vidal-Fleury and lo and behold, they had uncovered about 100 cases in their warehouse on the east coast. My interest piqued, we tasted the sample she had brought along to make sure everything was still in order. Not to be hyperbolic, but the wine showed better than any of the other samples I had tasted previously. Beautiful integration and finer tannins just meant an even more winsome bottle of wine. So here we are again with what has proven to be one of your favorites and definitely one of our favorites and only a limited supply to be had. Take advantage now because it seems unlikely we will uncover more of this beautiful little find.
  • Shaun Green
    By: Shaun Green
    K&L Staff Member
    Like a trip through memory lane, the Vidal Fleury brings me back to the days of pure and honest Cotes du Rhone at reasonable prices. Holding back from the more modern flashy styles we are seeing so much of, this wine has a lovely texture and weight. Very pretty spices and beautiful fruit showing its Grenache and Syrah, mouth-coating without being cloying and a wonderful slightly rustic finish are all hallmarks of this little gem. I'm taking some home, if you are a fan of classic CdR, you should too!
    Top Value!
  • Sal Rodriguez
    By: Sal Rodriguez
    K&L Staff Member
    Wonderful expression of a Cotes du Rhone! Highly perfumed with, fruit, iron, and light hints of cedar on the nose. It's a very warming, welcoming, aromatic CdR. On the palate, the wine continued on with pretty fragrances, fruit, and hints of beef blood. A lot going on in such an inexpensive wine. You'll be rewarded by taking your time with this shapeshifter of a wine. Cheers!
  • David Driscoll
    By: David Driscoll
    K&L Staff Member
    Here's a Cotes du Rhone for people who appreciate restraint and nuance. The fruit is there, but this isn't a big, sweet, juicy, full-bodied Rhone from a ripe vintage. This wine has acidity, and hints of crushed violets, and dark, tart blackberry. There's a bit of that blueberry note on the finish, but it fades quickly under the earthiness and delicate tannic structure. Good wine for a good price!
  • Alex Pross
    By: Alex Pross
    K&L Staff Member
    A killer value the 2013 Vidal Fleury Cotes du Rhone truly eclipses my expectation level considering the price of this wine. I was skeptical when I saw the 95 point score attached to this wine but from the very first sniff from my glass I knew this wine was going to be great. Beautiful aromas of wild raspberries, game, iron and crushed geraniums spring from the glass while the palate is full-bodied with flavors of cherry, raspberry kirsch, vanilla and mocha notes. Rich and full this drinks more like a fine Chateauneuf-du-Pape than a Cotes-du-Rhone-but thankfully you’re only paying Cotes-du-Rhone pricing.
    Top Value! Drink from 2016 to 2020


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