2016 Arcane Papesse Xavier Rhone  France Still wine

2016 Arcane Papesse


94Average Score
flagRhone / France

This 100% Grenache comes from the cooler sites in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Aged partly in amphorae, oak barrels and concrete tank, it spent the last few years of its maturation in specially designed barrels suspended in larger tanks of wine. This pioneering “vinarium” technique, Xavier Vignon believes, is the best way to extend the wine’s élevage without fear of oxidation. Completely immersed in liquid, there is no evaporation, no racking, no sulphur required. The wine is totally protected. The result is a Châteauneuf-du-Pape of fantastic purity and elegance. The wine has a super aromatic profile, with lovely bright floral lift of lavender, rose, aniseed and sweeter red candy notes. There is some subtle, dry spice too, from some high-quality oak. The delineation and clarity of fruit is exceptional – redcurrant, blackberry, red cherry and red plum are all pristine and in abundance here. The fruit is balanced by a mouthwatering vibrancy and textbook mineral salinity on the palate. The texture is particularly elegant for the region, the wine beautifully composed.

FINE+RARE  (June 2021)    Drink 2021-2031

6x75cl-0 Immediate | 80 Marketplace£250.00
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