2010 Xavier Vignon Arcane XVIII La Lune (750ml)

Syrah from Côtes du Rhône, Rhône, France

B-21 Top Recommendation
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Regular readers of these pages are no stranger to the stunning wines being produced by Xavier Vignon. As one of the top two leading consultants in the Rhone (Cambie the other), Xavier has established a flawless reputation working with such luminaries as Marcoux, Grand Veneur, Raymond Usseglio and others. Through these relationships, he has gained access to incredibly pristine parcels of very old vine plantings across the valley where he works with centenarian vines of Grenache and Syrah as well as 75-85 year old plots of multiple other varieties. Xavier's Arcane Series wines are certainly from the finest parcels (those sources unnamed) and from top vintages. The greatest vintages of the last decade in the southern Rhone are unquestionably 2010, 2015, and 2016, each represented in this Arcane Series offering. Note the debut of the 2016 Cotes du Rhone Arcane VI "Les Amoreux," a blend of five top villages – Gigondas, Rasteau, Vacqueyras, Lirac and Beaumes de Venise – this blending forcing a legal declassification from "Cru" to Cotes du Rhone. Cru wines such as Gigondas, Rasteau and Vacqueyras become simply a "Cotes du Rhone." Not conventional? Hardly. Xavier's conviction? No doubt. The wine transcends terroir as a masterful blend. Very Arcane.


Yes, the 2010 Cotes du Rhone Arcane XVII La Lune is the current release. It's 100% Syrah, selected from high-altitude vineyards in the Southern Rhône, but it comes across as almost northern in style, offering up hints of pepper, licorice and red currants. It has bright acids but also fine tannins and a surprising degree of elegance on the long, mouthwatering finish. One of the finest expressions of Syrah I can recall from the Southern Rhône, it should drink well for up to 10 years.

92 points, Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate (Issue # 233 - Oct 2017)

Checking in as 100% Syrah sourced from cooler terroirs in the southern Rhône, the 2010 Côtes du Rhône Arcane la Lune offers pretty, perfumed notes of blue fruits, violets, iris flower, olives, and damp earth. Exotic, medium to full-bodied, with terrific purity and an elegant, silky style, it’s still youthful and I suspect will keep for another decade. This is one seriously classy Syrah from the south!

92 points, Jeb Dunnuck (Feb 2018)

Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%

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