NV Xavier Vignon Arcane XVII L'Etoile (750ml)

Grenache from Beaumes de Venise, Rhône, France

NV Xavier Vignon Arcane XVII L'Etoile
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 Amoureux," 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.

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Coming from the higher elevation sites, the NV Beaumes de Venise Arcane Etoile is another elegant, finesse-oriented wine from Xavier that has both richness and freshness. A blend of Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvèdre as well as a small amount of Viognier from 2015, 2016, and 2017, it has something profound in its texture and balance. Notes of black raspberries, currants, dried flowers, lavender, and pepper are followed by a beautiful, full-bodied, elegant wine that might just be one of the greatest red wines to come from Beaumes de Venise.

95 points, Jeb Dunnuck (Aug 2019)

Alcohol By Volume: 15.0%
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This item is a pre-order estimated to arrive 02/22/21. 60+ bottles available.

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