Xavier Vignon Arcane Le Soleil 2015
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: Côtes-du-Rhône-Villages, France
- Grapes: Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre
- Wine Style: Southern Rhône Red
A blend of mainly centenaries Grenache with very limited yields (the equivalent of one bottle per vine), complemented by 10% Mourvèdre over eighty years old and 10% of Syrahs over fifty years old. The vines are exposed to the east, on the coolest terroirs of the north of the Vaucluse.94/100 - PARKER
«The 2015 Cotes du Rhone Villages Arcane XVIII Le Soleil is youthfully dark in color and fruit- forward, but it also shows softening, silky tannins. It's full bodied but not overblown, with a sensationally seductive mouthfeel. Black cherries define the fruit, joined by hints of dark chocolate and enough garrigue to give it a seriously savory character despite the fruit. This is an old-vine blend of 80% Grenache with 10% each Syrah and Mourvèdre, aged 15 months in one-third new oak, the rest in concrete or foudre. Maybe the best Côte du Rhône Villages I've ever tasted, it looks to have the stuffing to go another 10 years.»
93+/100 - JEB DUNNUCK
"Coming from 100-year-old Grenache vines (there’s 10% each of Syrah and Mourvèdre in the blend) mostly in the northern part of the Southern Rhône, the 2015 Côtes du Rhône Villages Arcane le Soleil saw 15 months in one-third each of new barrels, concrete tanks, and stainless-steel tanks. This inky colored beauty offers a terrific perfume of blueberries, scorched earth, graphite, and crushed violets. Deep, full-bodied, incredibly pure, and elegant, with silky tannin, it’s a sensational Côtes du Rhône that’s better than most Chateauneuf du Pape in the vintage. It will be better in another year or two and keep for 8-10 years."
93/100 - JAMES SUCKLING
"This is a very composed and concentrated style with intense, fresh red-berry and cherry aromas, delivered in a concentrated, fresh and energetic style. Impressive wine. 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。
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