NV Xavier Vignon SM (2015/2016) (750ml)

Grenache 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 you know, Xavier is 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. He is very connected with the vineyards and vignerons of the Rhone. Don’t miss the extraordinary values he produces, absolutely top in their class and scores to match.


A blend of the 2015 and 2016 vintages, the NV Côtes du Rhône S M checks in as the same equal parts Grenache and Syrah raised in tank and barrel. A huge nose of cassis, ground black pepper, garrigue, and olive tapenade gives way to a ripe, rounded, medium to full-bodied effort that has good acidity, building tannin, a seamless, light texture, and a great finish. It's a singular wine that has a big kiss of Northern Rhône Syrah with a touch of the rounded, sexy, opulent style of the south. It's going to drink nicely for a decade.

94 points, Jeb Dunnuck (Aug 2018)

A blend of 50% Syrah from the Northern Rhône with 50% Grenache from the Southern Rhône, the NV Vin de France SM Second Edition is a fascinating wine, combining smoky, peppery, herbal notes with ripe black cherries. Full-bodied, plush and velvety, Vignon allows that it's "more 2016 than 2015" in style, but no matter how you characterize it, it's a lovely, complex wine for drinking over the next 6-7 years.

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

Alcohol By Volume: 14.0%

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