65% Grenache, 20% Mourvèdre, 15% Syrah
A clear and very expressive nose with notes of black fruits, spices and licorice. The mouth reveals tanins that are already supple with a great balance.The finish is long, on black fruits, licorice and a slight salinity.
92/100 PARKER, 92/100 DUNNUCK
Divided into two distinct regions 50 kilometres apart, the Rhone Valley starts just below Burgundy and continues directly south towards Avignon.
The Northern Valley is more moderate and continental in climate, producing structured and poised red wines from the Syrah grape variety and floral, full bodied whites from Viognier, Marsanne and Rousanne. The famous red wines from this region, such as Cote Rotie and Hermitage, have huge potential to age, developing notes of earth and mushroom.
Traversing down to the hot and mediterranean climate of the Southern Rhone means sun-loving grapes such as Grenache, Mourvedre and Cinsault can take pride of place.
Depending on the blend, the red wines can be light and fruity, especially from larger regions such as Cotes du Rhone, whilst the smaller appellations of Chateauneuf-du-Pape and Gigondas usually produce full bodied, concentrated and powerful expressions. White wines also exist in the Southern Valley, and are tragically overlooked because of the many iconic red wines produced in the area. These whites are for those in the know, with most displaying fleshy, tropical fruit flavours and a hint of white pepper spice.
After he graduated in oenology from the University of Reims in Champagne, Xavier Vignon travelled the world and worked for some of the most prestigious Domaines.Based in the renowned village of Châteauneuf-du-Pape for the last 20 years, he is now considered one of the most eminent Oenologists of the Rhône wine region in south-eastern France.
Each Xavier wine is the fruit of a meticulous work and a rigorous selection (terroir, vines etc.)
The diversity of the soils combined with the talent and experience of Xavier allow his blends to combine concentration, flexibility and nobility of the fruit, adding a touch of modernity to the sincere expression of the Rhone’s terroirs.
78 parcels contributed to elaborate this 2015 vintage, mainly located on the northern terroirs of the appelation, in order to preserve freshness.
Blend: 65% Grenache, 20% Mourvèdre, 15% Syrah.
Each grape variety is vinified separately.
A slow fermentation will provide a better extraction of phenolic coumpounds.
Matured for 12 months in barrels of 1, 2 and 3 wines.
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