Xavier Côtes du Rhône 2017
Rhône Valley, France
Grenache 60%, Mourvèdre 25%, Syrah 15%
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.
Xavier's Côtes du Rhône dishes out plenty of raspberry and crushed dried flowers on the nose. It's medium-to-full bodied with beautiful concentration, a layered and balanced feel and ample length.