2015 Xavier Vignon

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Xavier Vignon is in Jeb Dunnuck of Wine Advocate’s view:easily one of the best winemakers in the Southern Rhône.” His CV is astounding, moving from Châteaux Corbin Michotte and Calon in Bordeaux to Moët & Chandon, then on to Taltarni Vineyards in Yarra Valley and Clover Hill in Tasmania, meanwhile consulting for the likes of Cloudy Bay. He then transferred to Châteaueuf-du-Pape where he consulted for Domaines Mordorée, Vieille Julienne, Marcoux, Grand Veneur, Raymond Usseglio and many, many more (he now consults for approximately 60% of Châteauneuf-du-Pape). And on the side of all that, this remarkable winemaker set up a Xavier Vins, a boutique Southern Rhône negociant, from which these stunning wines come.

 

Xavier Vignon uses a data and insight from his laboratory, a Champagne-style approach of vinifying grapes and plots separately and is “not a huge fan of oak”, preferring concrete and older oak. The result are precise, fresh, mineral, amazing value for money and just wonderful to drink.

 

In April the FINE+RARE team were treated to a tasting of his 2015s, which was according to Jeb Dunnuck “a beautiful vintage for Southern Rhône lovers that will be a treasure trove for the actual wine drinkers out there.” And Xavier Vignon’s wines are just that, a treasure trove. Below is a selection that impressed not only the FINE+RARE team, but also Jeb Dunnuck…

Xavier Vins Vignon South Rhone Southern 2015 Arcane XV Diable Cairanne Vacqueyras Cotes du Rhone Gigondas Rasteau
2015 Arcane XV Le Diable Xavier Rhone 2015 Arcane XV Le Diable Xavier Rhone
£163.00
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2015 Vacqueyras Xavier Rhone 2015 Vacqueyras Xavier Rhone
£144.00
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2015 Cairanne Xavier Rhone 2015 Cairanne Xavier Rhone
£120.00
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2015 Gigondas Xavier Rhone 2015 Gigondas Xavier Rhone
£145.00
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2015 Rasteau Xavier Rhone 2015 Rasteau Xavier Rhone
£137.00
£137.00
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2015 Cotes du Rhone Red XI Xavier Rhone 2015 Cotes du Rhone Red XI Xavier Rhone
£74.00
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