Killer Pre-Arrivals from 100pt. Chateauneuf Winemaker Xavier Vignon!

To all Best Winers,

The 100 point Grand Veneur Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes 2010? His fault.

The 99 point Raymond Usseglio Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Imperiale 2010? Blame him.

Who is he? Xavier Vignon. One of the finest winemakers you’ve never heard of.

Xavier keeps a low profile, though he’s the mind behind a number of seriously high profile estates in Chateaneuf du Pape.

Raymond Usseglio, La Gardine, Jerome Quiot, Beaurenard, La Nerthe, Mont Redon, Marcoux and Grand Veneur. That’s a few big-time names, right?

So when it came time for Xavier and his partners to make their own signature Chateauneuf, you’d probably have a pretty good idea that the wine would be damn fine.

Oh, yeah, it’s damn fine…and then some.

And the guy likes to have some fun. Hey, wine is fun, right? His blends are thoughtful, innovative and the shot in the arm that the southern Rhone needs right now.

His 2009 Chateauneuf Cuvée Anonyme. Named as such because if he told you where he got the fruit for this wine from, he’d have to kill you…As he states, “Half a dozen of grape varieties are present in this wine, 25 % of very old Grenache, then Mourvèdre (25 %), Syrah (25 %). The last 25% are made of “hors d’âge mixed grapes”: counoise, vaccarèse, etc. 15 different estates, 15 barrels only.” Cool, right? Parker thought so. Huge 96 point number on this one, with the following note, “Its opaque purple color is followed by a wine of extraordinary intensity. Copious notes of liquorice, garrigue, underbrush, blackberries, black currants and graphite are present in this full bodied, modern styled, fragrant, distinctive Chateauneuf.”

His 2010 Chateauneuf Cuvée Anonyme. Same type of deal, though ‘only’ 95+ from Parker, who I’m sure was taking into account the wine’s impetuous youth! He remarked, “The powerful, rich 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Anonyme reveals an off-the-chart level of extract, lots of glycerin and copious black cherry, blueberry, forest floor, lavender and graphite characteristics. This full-throttle red requires 3-4 years of cellaring and should keep for two decades.”

His Chateauneuf du Pape La Reserve VII IX X. Non-vintage, old vines, most of which are over a century old (Grenache, Mourvedre, Counoise, Terret, Vaccarese, Muscardin). Three great vintages: 2007 (43%), 2009 (21%) and 2010 (36%). Four great terroirs: La Crau, Les Galets Roules, Les Urgoniens, Les Sables. Old barrels, unfiltered. It’s the best barrels blended across three vintages of his Cuvée Anonyme. Another ‘96’ from Parker, who wrote this wine is an, “…hedonistic and decadent release that dishes out massive amounts of black raspberry, raspberry, spice cake, licorice and crushed flower like nuances on the nose. Gorgeously full-bodied and textured on the palate, yet with remarkable freshness and purity, this layered, incredible wine should last for 15+ years.”

And there’s more. His Cotes du Rhone 2010 from 40+ year old vines is awesome. His Vacqueyras 2010, with a healthy dollop of Syrah, rocks. His Gigondas 2010 (100% Grenache) is flashy as all get-out.

Young talented vintner, fabulous vines served up on a silver platter, monster adoration from the press, we see a lot of parallels here with the Westside Paso posse (Saxum, Linne Calodo, etc.). The only exceptions being the vines are older, and the wines aren’t as pricey. Hmm…this is making a heckuva lot of sense right about now.

All wines are available on a Pre-Arrival basis, 3 bottle minimums apply, and are scheduled to arrive in the fall.

This, this is fun…and tasty.

 


Kyle Meyer and Tristen Beamon, Proprietors, BestWinesOnline.com

Xavier Vignon


 


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Xavier Vins Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Anonyme 2009 Pre-Arrival

96 Points!  There are approximately 10,000 bottles of the sensational 2009 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Anonyme, which is fashioned from an unusual blend of 25% Grenache, 25% Mourvedre, 25% Syrah and the remaining 25% Counoise, Vaccarese and other authorized varietals. Its opaque purple color is followed by a wine of extraordinary intensity. Copious notes of licorice, garrigue, underbrush, blackberries, black currants and graphite are present in this full-bodied, modern-styled, fragrant, distinctive Chateauneuf. This terrific, voluptuous 2009 should drink well young and last for 15-20 years.  Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate #197, October 2011


$46.98

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Xavier Vins Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Anonyme 2010 Pre-Arrival

95+ Points!  The powerful, rich 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Anonyme reveals an off-the-chart level of extract, lots of glycerin (nearly 16% natural alcohol) and copious black cherry, blueberry, forest floor, lavender and graphite characteristics. This full-throttle red requires 3-4 years of cellaring and should keep for two decades.  Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate #203, October 2012


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Xavier Vins Chateauneuf du Pape La Reserve VII IX X Pre-Arrival

96 Points!  A new non-vintage wine that’s made from a blend of the top barrels of the Cuvee Anonyme from 2007 (43%), 2009 (21%) and 2010 (36%), the 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape La Reserve VII IX X is an hedonistic and decadent release that dishes out massive amounts of black raspberry, raspberry, spice cake, licorice and crushed flower like nuances on the nose. Gorgeously full-bodied and textured on the palate, yet with remarkable freshness and purity, this layered, incredible wine should last for 15+ years. Drink now-2028.   Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate #209, October 2013


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Xavier Vins Cotes Du Rhone 2010 Pre-Arrival

90 Points!  Composed of 70% Grenache and the rest Mourvedre and Syrah, the 2010 Cotes du Rhone was aged in wood barrels (one-third) and tank (two-thirds). It possesses copious notes of garrigue, loamy soil, balsam wood, underbrush, kirsch and blacker fruits. This medium-bodied 2010 is ideal for consuming over the next several years.  Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate #203, October 2012


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Xavier Vins Gigondas 2010 Pre-Arrival

92 Points!  More floral with abundant black fruit, raspberry and crushed rock characteristics, the 2010 Gigondas was made from 100% Grenache and came in at 15+% alcohol. Aged in a combination of small barrels and 600-liter demi-muids, it reveals good elegance, purity and texture as well as a full-bodied mouthfeel. Bigger and richer than the 2011, it should age well for a decade.  Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate #203, October 2012


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Xavier Vins Vacqueyras 2010 Pre-Arrival

91 Points!  The 2010 Vacqueyras was made from a somewhat unusual blend of 50% Syrah, 30% Mourvedre and 20% Grenache, most of it from the Plateau de Garrigue, near Sarrians in Vacqueyras. This rich effort reveals lots of forest floor, roasted herb, blackberry and cassis notes as well as a hint of acacia flowers. Impeccably pure, rich and long, it should drink well for 6-8 years.  Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate #203, October 2012


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