2009 Xavier Vignon Chateâuneuf-du-Pape, Southern Rhone Valley France 14.5%

Grenache, Mourvedre, Syrah, 14.5%

Notes from the Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate –

‘The outstanding, deep ruby/plum-coloured 2009 Chateauneuf du Pape (an unusual blend of 55% Grenache, 35% Mourvedre and 10% Syrah) possesses sweet cassis, black cherry, incense and camphor characteristics. Full bodied and luscious with low acidity, silky tannin and lots of glycerin, it is already showing well and should continue to evolve for at least a decade. Score 91, Robert Parker Jr, Ocotober 2011.’


And this quote from one of the wines London retailers –

Xavier Vignon is a consultant oenologist who works for many of the leading estates of the southern Rhone. He is passionate about the terroir and style of the wines of the area, while at the same time believing that by selecting and blending different cuvées, grape varieties, estates he can create a wine which has its own character and perfectly represents Appellation shown on the label. And he has been remarkably successful in proving that he can do exactly that.

2009 Xavier Vignon Chateauneuf-Du-PapeNotes from me –

Elegant and restrained, intense and imposing, rich but fine; these apparent opposites pretty much sum this wine up. Red and black fruits, fine grained tannins and an acid backbone carry this wine sumptuously through the palate from first sip to long and savoury finish

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