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Xavier Vignon is a visionary creator and winemaker driven by a deep passion for harmony and creativity. Raised in the Hauts de France region, he believes that harmony is the beautiful result of nature's generosity and humanity's touch. Xavier's encounter with a winemaker transformed his life, leading him to pursue winemaking as his true calling. With extensive experiences and studies in Champagne, France, and Australia, Xavier has garnered vast knowledge and expertise.
Xavier Vignon's winemaking philosophy revolves around respecting nature and supporting the vines rather than exerting dominance. He is dedicated to producing organic wines and exploring the influence of minerals on wine flavors. Innovation is an integral part of Xavier's approach. He continuously seeks new methods for aging wines, such as the groundbreaking Vinarium® technique. This involves immersing wine barrels in a custom container, creating a unique aging environment with high humidity and no oxygen exposure. By carefully nurturing the wines in this controlled environment, Xavier aims to preserve and enhance their aromatic diversity. Xavier Vignon's emphasis on nature, innovation, and organic practices results in exceptional wines that reflect his passion and commitment.
A blend of 50 percent Syrah (2015 vintage) from 60-plus-year-old vines from the Northern Rhône, and 50 percent Grenache (2016 vintage) from 80-plus-year-old vines from the Southern Rhône. The Syrah comes from twelve parcels, from various Terroirs including granite, loess and sand, and was aged in French oak for 14 months. The Grenache comes from 13 parcels, from various Terroirs including galets, gravel, sand and Urgonian limestone, and was aged in concrete tanks. SM stands for the Latin words ‘septentrional’, referring to the Northern Rhône and ‘meridional’, or the Southern Rhône.
94 Points, Jeb Dunnuck
“A huge nose of cassis, ground black pepper, garrigue, and olive tapenade gives way to a ripe, rounded, medium to full-bodied effort that has good acidity, building tannin, a seamless, light texture, and a great finish. It's a singular wine that has a big kiss of Northern Rhône Syrah with a touch of the rounded, sexy, opulent style of the south. It's going to drink nicely for a decade.”
Xavier Vignon的葡萄酒釀酒理念圍繞著尊重自然和支持葡萄藤，而非主導它們。他致力於生產有機葡萄酒，並探索礦物質對葡萄酒風味的影響。創新是Xavier方法的重要組成部分。他不斷尋求陳釀葡萄酒的新方法，如開創性的Vinarium®技術。該方法涉及將葡萄酒桶浸入定制容器中，創造一個高濕度且無氧暴露的獨特陳釀環境。通過在這個受控環境中精心呵護葡萄酒，Xavier旨在保留和增強其香氣的多樣性。Xavier Vignon對於自然、創新和有機釀造的強調，產生了體現他的熱情和執著的卓越葡萄酒。
這款酒是由50% 來自北隆河谷的60歲以上葡萄藤的西拉（2015年份），和50% 來自南隆河谷的80歲以上葡萄藤的歌海娜（2016年份）所調配而成。西拉來自十二個地塊，包括花崗岩、風化土和沙土等不同的風土，並在法國橡木桶中陳年14個月。歌海娜則來自十三個地塊，包括鵝卵石、礫石、沙土和烏戈尼亞石灰岩等不同的風土，並在混凝土罐中陳年。SM代表拉丁詞「septentrional」，指的是北隆河谷，以及「meridional」，指的是南隆河谷。