Petit Xavier Blanc 2019
Rhône & Languedoc, France
Sauvignon Blanc 50%, Picpoul 30%, Grenache Blanc 20%
Châteauneuf-du-Pape born Xavier Vignon knows the Rhône valley inside out. He spent fifteen years consulting for more than 250 wineries in every nook and cranny of the valley. Combine that with a total of thirty-four vintages in all corners of the globe and this self-styled “terroir hunter” has winemaking experience that few can match.
A master of the blend, he has honed his own range of wines by combining tiny parcels of wine, acquired as part-payment for consulting projects. He likes to explore appellations rather than vintages, so unique multi-vintage blends are a feature of his work. “Not a huge fan of oak”, instead he prefers old barrels and concrete, again so as to let the grape’s origins take centre stage.
Petit Xavier Blanc is a blend of grapes from different plots in the Rhône Valley and Languedoc, mostly planted on limestone and clay soils. Hand-harvested and fermented in stainless steel tanks with no oak influence. This playful, classy white wine has lovely aromas of lime and tropical fruits, with richness of fruit and minerally freshness on the palate.