The latest Arcane releases

Xavier Vignon’s one-off Rhône bottlings

Xavier Vignon’s Arcane series of releases consists of one-off bottlings from some of the Rhône’s finest sites, often made using the most pioneering methods in winemaking.  

The 2021 releases showcase the maverick winemaker’s extraordinary talents. La Papesse – a 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape – has been aged in what Vignon calls his “vinarium”, the barrels suspended in larger tanks of wine. La Tempérance meanwhile is a multi-vintage blend from Cairanne fermented and aged in glass to provide a pure expression of site.  

Both are remarkable expressions of some of the Rhône’s finest terroirs.

0 Arcane Temperance Xavier Vignon Rhone  France Still wine

N.V. Arcane Temperance

Xavier Vignon

92Average Score
flagRhone / France

Arcane Le Tempérance marks the beginning of a new period for Xavier Vignon. Following many experiments, making and ageing wine in giant glass globes has become Vignon’s preferred method. He believes that glass is the only medium that doesn’t change the flavour or texture of the wine, allowing for pure site expression. Xavier chose the Cairanne appellation to showcase this process, as he believes the appellation produces the most pristine Grenache fruit. Le Tempérance – a multi-vintage blend of 2015, ’16, ’17 and ’18 – is his first release using the method, with 25% of the cuvée vinified and matured completely in glass. The wine has a lovely balance to it. The fruit is exceptionally pure – bright strawberry, raspberry and kirsch notes – with a gentle peppery spice too and good verve. The acidity provides nice tension to the wine, making it feel light on its feet and elegant. The detailed, silky tannins combined with the clarity of fruit show great pedigree, while the textural finesse adds to a long finish. The purity here is impressive.

FINE+RARE  (June 2021)    Drink 2021-2031

12x75cl-0 Immediate | 9 Marketplace£175.00

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2016 Arcane Papesse Xavier Vignon Rhone  France Still wine

2016 Arcane Papesse

Xavier Vignon

94Average Score
flagRhone / France

This wine is discounted from £249 to £225 until 30th August 2022.

FINE+RARE  (August 2022)

6x75cl-1 Immediate | 0 Marketplace£225.00

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