GSM, Vidal-Fleury 2021
Vidal-Fleury’s GSM is, in my opinion, a sensational, luscious Côtes-du-Rhône styled red. Then again, given their 250-years-plus experience of making wines among the great Rhône appellations, this is hardly surprising - particularly when these are great-value reds such as the new 2021 vintage of GSM. The 2021 is bright, light and packed with soft, enticing fruit flavours - strawberries, damsons and cherries, with an underlay of savory spices and gentle tannins. The blend is very traditional with 50% grenache, 30% syrah and 20% mourvèdre, perfeclty vinified by their winemaking team.
Founded in 1781, Vidal-Fleury is located in the midst of the Côte-Rôtie vineyards in the Northern Rhône, and is the oldest continuously operating wine producer in the Rhône Valley. Its also where a certain Etienne Guigal cut his teeth before setting up his own domaine. Jonathan Ray describes them as 'Rhône Royalty' and he is not wrong.
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Delicious rich CdR. You can taste every sort of dark berry in it. Esme describes it as “light and bright”; I’ll give him “bright”, but I think you need to put some chill on it to get “light”, as (maybe this a result of drinking it on our hottest London day) it’s quite heady at room temperature. Mind you, I think many of the best wines from the Rhone want to be drunk at no more than a cold cellar temperature.