2016 Xavier Vignon Arcane L'Hermite (1.5L)

Grenache from Gigondas, Rhône, France

B-21 Top Recommendation
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A Gigondas has been added to the Arcane Series this year. I have been anxious to bring this one to you. This makes the sixth wine in the Arcane Series; wines that Xavier feels are worthy of the his special designation - wines that are extraordinary categorically with perspective to terroir and vintage. Xavier claims this Gigondas has naturally very low yields and has a concentration that surpasses all records for the last twenty years. This Gigondas is unique, comprised of selections from over 25 parcels from terraced vineyards below the Dentelles de Montmirail, including 100+ year old Grenache vines along with other local grapes. The Muscardin and Picpoul Noir are vinified and aged in un-toasted oak barrels. Grenache, Mourvedre and Syrah are fermented together in concrete tanks then aged in truncated wooden vats. Some barrels of old vine Grenache are submerged in wine for 12 months to protect them from oxidation. The complexity of the terroir below the Dentelles is a varied mix of eroded primary rock and limestones at higher elevations yields a wine with incredible energy and lift, one of the most exhilarating Gigondas I have tasted; purity, precision and harmonious.


From steeper slopes, the 2016 Gigondas Arcane L'Hermite checks in as 80% Grenache, 7% Mourvèdre, and the rest Syrah, Muscardin, and Picpoul Noir that was aged in a submerged barrel. It's another beautiful wine from Xavier that has loads of blackberries, spice, dried herbes de Provence, and loamy soil. It's elegant, seamless and silky, with beautiful purity and elegance. It's going to benefit from short-term cellaring and keep for a decade.

94 points, Jeb Dunnuck (Aug 2018)

The 2016 Gigondas Arcane VIII L'Hermite likely won't be released for three to four years, said Vignon (it's already bottled). It is linear, tight and crisply focused, so no doubt he's right about when it will be approachable. Cedar frames bright cherry fruit in this medium to full-bodied GSM blend.

93 points, Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate (Issue # 239 - Oct 2018)

Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%

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