|With 95+ points from Rhone aficionado Robert Parker, the 2010 Xavier Vins Chateauneuf du Pape is both a monumental effort and a sensational bargain. The wines of Xavier are made by one of the most highly respected consultant winemakers in the region, Xavier Vignon. Having worked for many of the big names in Chateauneuf, Vignon set up this negociant business, using his many contacts, to access high quality fruit from across the appellations. The results have been spectacular. The flagship wine of the house is the Anonyme. A hugely complex wine, it sees extended ageing in barrel and is released later than almost any other wine made in the Rhone. Made in small quantities, it is not an easy wine to find but for those lucky enough to own a couple of cases, it will be one of the highlights of the cellar. We are delighted to offer:|
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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. ||Xavier Vignon, along with Philippe Cambie, are probably the two most highly renowned oenologists in Chateauneuf du Pape as well as some of the surrounding Cotes du Rhone regions. Vignon’s office and laboratory are next to the Auto Route A7, in the same complex as Chateau Husson. He is the consultant for such well-known domaines as Raymond Usseglio, Jerome Quiot, Beaurenard, La Nerthe, Mont Redon, Marcoux, Grand Veneur and La Gardine. I tasted through the new and upcoming Xavier Vignon releases. The blend of Xavier Vignon’s Chateauneuf du Pape can vary considerably. Vignon told me that it is a selection from nearly 120 different parcels in the appellation. Fashioned from the best fruit from old vines planted in the finest parcels is the Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Anonyme. Xavier Vignon is not going to release the 2007 Anonyme (his greatest Chateauneuf du Pape to date) until 2013 so readers have a chance of getting some of this production. I tasted three vintages of this cuvee with Vignon. Wine Advocate.October, 2012
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