“Xavier Vignon is one of the leading oenologists in the Southern Rhone, and you only need to taste his own negociant wines to understand why. Across the board, they show beautifully made profiles, with loads of fruit and texture, superb balance and classic Southern Rhone characters,”
“Xavier’s seeming obsession with minerality in wine has led to him seeking sites that express that feature. He's also experimenting with various different vessels for aging, and even submerging filled barrels within tanks of wine.” ~ Wine Advocate ~
Xavier Vignon was just 3 years old in 1972!
This cuvée is a reflection of Xavier Vignon’s passion for discovery. It is the fruit of his in depth knowledge of Châteauneuf-du-Pape and the interesting encounters he has shared over the 25 years with other winemakers from the appellation.
This vintage was an opportunity not to be missed. It would be impossible now to find the same levels of acidity (equivalent to those in a white wine, higher even!) which give this wine its outstanding potential for bottle age.
This batch was grown in a single domaine and has been aged in concrete vats, in the very same place, for almost 50 years! It has since been carefully re-crafted by Xavier Vignon in order to bring out the best of its complexity and finesse.
A hommage to the world of wine as it used to be!
This is primarily Grenache Noir complemented by Cinsault as well as some white varietals, as was the tradition in the era (Grenache blanc and Clairette).
Rating: 18+ Points Bettane + Desseauve
Tasting Note: "One of the most astonishing wines that we could ever taste today. This batch of Chateauneuf has remained in its original state with no oxygen contact and in complete inertia since the 1996 vintage! It displays such incredible youth yet also a deep and unctuous structure, intense aromatic profile and velvety smooth tannins underpinned by excellent acidity that brings freshness to the spicy finish"