Xavier Vignon Arcane Le Pape 2010
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.
- Region/ Country: Châteauneuf-du-Pape, France
- Grape: Grenache
- Wine style: Southern Rhône Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red
- Alcohol content: 14.5%
The jewel of the Arcane collection : century-old grenache vines from an outstanding vintage and grown in fifteen different parcelsand over different terroirs of the appellation. They are hyper-reduction aged for five years using the Vinarium® technique created by Xavier Vignon whereby the barrel is submersed in the wine. Thirteen different barrels were selected for their mineral content.
96+/100 - PARKER
"With regards to the 2010 Châteauneuf du Pape Arcane Le Pape, I had to have Xavier explain how he made it about three times before I understood. The wine is 100% Grenache, from 15 different parcels, that was put into a barrel, then the entire barrel was put into a concrete tank, which was then filled with wine. This is a take on the underwater aging process that some people experiment with, and the result is that’s there’s no exposure to oxygen whatsoever, and the wine was kept like this for five years, with no racking or topping (since there’s no evaporation, it never needed to be topped). Inky purple in color, with a sensational, youthful bouquet of crushed flowers, blueberries, blackberries, cured meats and spice, it hits the palate with incredible richness, a thick, unctuous mid-palate and ripe, yet present tannin. It’s a singular, exotic beauty that I wish every reader could taste! I’ve not a clue how it will age, given its crazy elevage, yet I suspect it will benefit from short-term cellaring and keep for two to three decades! Hats off to the team here for having the guts to pull something like this off!"
95/100 - JEB DUNNUCK
"A 100% Grenache sourced from numerous terroirs in the appellation, the 2010 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Arcane Le Pape offers a lovely bouquet of blackberries, saddle leather, garrigue, and forest floor. Medium to full-bodied, elegant and silky, it's still tight and backward on the palate, with good acidity, building tannin, and a great finish. It's going to hit prime time in 2-3 years and keep for a decade."
96/100 - JAMES SUCKLING
"Some age here. This has a very rich, ripe and complex feel with a sleek, supple stream of such deeply fleshy, ripe dark-plum and berry flavors. The tannins are so regal. Wow! Drink or hold."
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。
96+/100 - PARKER：
關於2010年的Châteauneuf du Pape Arcane Le Pape，我不得不讓Xavier解釋了三次我才明白他是如何製作的。這款酒是100% Grenache，來自15個不同的地塊，先放入一個酒桶，然後整個酒桶放入一個混凝土罐中，再注滿葡萄酒。這是對一些人進行實驗的水下陳年過程的一種改良，結果是完全沒有暴露給氧氣，酒就這樣保存了五年，沒有攪拌或補充（因為沒有蒸發，所以不需要補充）。酒呈深紫色，散發出令人驚嘆的年輕花香、藍莓、黑莓、腌制肉類和香料的氣息，口感豐富，中段濃郁且厚重，單寧成熟而存在。這是一款獨特而異國情調的美酒，我希望每個讀者都能品嚐到！由於它瘋狂的陳年過程，我不知道它將如何陳年，但我猜測它將受益於短期貯藏，並能保持兩到三十年！向這支團隊致敬，他們有膽量做出這樣的嘗試！
95/100 - JEB DUNNUCK：
這款2010年的Châteauneuf-du-Pape Arcane Le Pape是100% Grenache，來自該產區的多個不同土壤。它散發出黑莓、馬鞍皮革、灌木叢和森林地板的可愛芳香。酒體中等至豐滿，優雅而絲滑，在口感上仍然緊致而保守，具有良好的酸度、持久的單寧和出色的收尾。它將在2至3年內達到最佳狀態，並可陳放十年。
96/100 - JAMES SUCKLING：