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|Why add this wine to your Collection / Cellar?||A new Rhone Classic from Parker acclaimed winemaker Xavier Vignon "easily one of the best winemakers in the Southern Rhône" | Versatile foodie wine that will age for 15+ years|
|Why now?||Unique opportunity to buy at this price – limited - get it while you can|
|WBOTD Cellaring Worthiness Rating|
|Expert Ratings||94WA | 94RP|
|What is it?||Southern Rhone Red Wine|
|What’s in it?||Mourvedre | ABV 14.3%|
|When to drink?||Now to 2033+|
|Pair with:||Red Meat, Vegetables, Poultry & Cheese|
|Drink with:||Friends & Family|
|Occasion||Whenever you want to enjoy an affordable sensational Rhone with friends|
|If you want to drink now...||Open & Enjoy|
|Recommended purchase Qty:||6+ includes free shipping|
Xavier Vignon Arcane XV Diable 2015 | This wine is brilliant | Sensational
This Xavier Vignon Arcane XV Diable 2015 is brilliant. Deepest ruby in hue. Explosive on the nose, with gorgeous black fruit aromatics, laced with sweet herbes-de-Provence. The attack is true for this spectacular harvest – rich, concentrated and wild berry primary fruits. Despite the extreme ripeness of the vintage, the Mourvèdre remains high-toned and light on its feet, velour-like in texture. This is definitely a keeper and is drinking beautifully right now.
Wine Access: There are two slightly eccentric wines from this estate that merit serious attention. The sensational Xavier Vignon Arcane XV Diable 2015 had a three-week maceration. In addition, t is almost 100% Mourvèdre from a parcel close to Vinsobres. Hence, Xavier prefers to get as much extraction as possible before alcoholic fermentation. Furthermore, the wine was aged mostly in small oak tanks and concrete. Blueberries, blackberries, peppery herbs, and spice all flow from this layered, full-bodied beauty that has awesome purity, integrated acidity and plenty of structure. Give bottles 2-3 years and drink over the following 10-15 years.
Acclaimed by Wine Advocate as “easily one of the best winemakers in the Southern Rhône. Xavier Vignon has authored nearly a dozen 100-pointers in Robert Parker’s publication. Hence, today’s offer is a rare treat for those who have eagerly followed his stellar Côtes du Rhônes and Châteauneuf-du-Papes: a new cuvée made entirely of old-vine Mourvèdre that delivers miles beyond its humble price tag. As a result of the stunning 2015 Rhône vintage, Xavier Vignon Arcane XV Diable 2015 is a voluminous release that had Wine Advocate over the moon, calling it “sensational… a full-bodied beauty that has awesome purity” and awarding a whopping 94 points. At $25.99 a bottle, we’re calling it one of the most alluring and brilliant reds of the past five years.
About the 2015 Southern Rhone
The 2015 Southern Rhône growing season is going down in the history books as one of the greatest, equal to if not exceeding superlative Rhône vintages such as 1978, ‘89, ‘05, and ‘10. Jancis Robinson has called it “extremely promising,” while Wine Spectator awarded it 97 points, the best Southern Rhône vintage since the already legendary 2010.
Under 2015’s warm conditions, few varieties thrived as beautifully as the late-harvesting Mourvèdre. This single-variety red shows all the hallmarks of the vintage: huge concentration, voluptuous tannins with superbly balanced acidity. It is Drawn off multiple plots with 100-years-old vines in the northern sector of Southern Rhône.
Demonstrating the same rigor that won him international acclaim as a consultant at Grand Veneur and Roger Perrin, Vignon has outdone himself with this radiant 94-point effort — a new Rhône classic.