2015 Arcane XV Le Diable

Xavier

94Average Score
Red
2018-2033
Bts
-
78 Immediate | 0 Marketplace
£19.00
Scores & Notes
Average Score
94
Drinking window
2018-2033
Critic Notes

There are two slightly eccentric wines from this estate that merit serious attention. Almost 100% Mourvèdre from a parcel close to Vinsobres, the sensational 2015 Vin de France Arcane XV Le Diable had a three-week maceration (Xavier prefers to get as much extraction as possible before alcoholic fermentation), and was aged mostly in small oak tanks and concrete. Blueberries, blackberries, peppery herbs and spice all flow from this layered, full-bodied beauty that has awesome purity, integrated acidity and plenty of structure. Give bottles 2-3 years and drink over the following 10-15 years. Oct 2016, www.robertparker.com, Drink: 2018-2033

Score: 94-/100Jeb DunnuckDrinking Window: 2018-2033

Le Diable - “the devil’s wine” – is a 100% Mourvèdre from a new range based on Tarrot cards. Keep your eyes peeled for Le Pape, a 100% Grenache, which will follow this release in late 2017. Grapes come from 17 parcels of roughly 100 year old vines across many appellations, which include some in Châteauneuf-du-Pape hence being a Vin de France rather than a Côtes de Rhône. Intense nose, lots of depth, lovely spice and perfumed complexity. Fresh vibrant palate with a long, gamey, creamy and chocolatey finish. Apr 2017, FINE+RARE

Score: -/FINE+RARE Tasting Note
F+R Opinion
Q&A with Xavier Vignon
The latest Chateauneuf-du-Pape frenzy at FINE+RARE is Xavier Vins - oenologist Xavier Vignon‘s project that has taken Rhone fans by storm. Vignon has worked for many of the top names in Chateauneuf and has become one of the most highly regarded consultant winemakers in the region. He started his negociant business in 2002, when after many years of buying the ...
ON September 1, 2015
Roaming the Rhone - Wines, Vines and the 2015 Harvest...
Buyer Jessica Bryans reports back from FINE+RARE trip to Rhone, with producer profiles and a very early look at what could be a phenomenal vintage...  The Rhone Valley’s Wines From the Epic 2015 Harvest Could be Excellent... If you take one thing away from this report, it should be this – 2015 could be one of the great vintages of the ...
ON October 12, 2015
The Rhone Report
The Northern and Southern Rhone are joined by the synonymous river, a spot of Syrah in Chateauneuf du Pape blends and, to be honest, little else. In the north, the Rhone is one of the most impressive stretches of water one will see: a truly grand river.  By the time it gets to Chateauneuf it is more dual-carriageway than multi-lane ...
ON October 28, 2014
A Taste of The Northern Rhone
The northern and southern Rhone, from a vinous point of view, are essentially two quite different regions with a shared name. Some weeks back we covered the southern Rhone in a previous workshop, via its King: Chateauneuf du Pape.  We ended last week with a workshop on the north. This 40-mile stretch of steep, sloped granite hillsides is one of ...
ON October 6, 2014
Focus on the Northern Rhone
As the 2014 En Primeur campaign has now come to a close, our focus at FINE+RARE has shifted to the Northern Rhône. An as yet undiscovered region for many, this small vineyard area (just 5% of the entire Rhône Valley’s overall output) undoubtedly produces some of the greatest and most singular wines found anywhere on the fine wine landscape. For ...
ON June 18, 2015
Product details
Country
France
Region
Rhone
Sub-region
Cotes du Rhone
Colour
Red
Taste
Dry
Alcohol %
15%
Product Type
Still wine
Product Subtype
-
Drinking Window
2018-2033
Country
France
Region
Rhone
Sub-region
Cotes du Rhone
Colour
Red
Taste
Dry
Alcohol %
15%
Product Type
Still wine
Product Subtype
-
Drinking Window
2018-2033
Subscribe to our emails
Get the best of F+R delivered to your inbox
We use cookies to give you the best possible experience of our website. If you continue, we’ll assume you’re happy for your web browser to receive all cookies from our website. See our cookie policy for more information on cookies and how to manage them.