Monday, November 20, 2023

Xavier Vignon 2019s have arrived!

Rhone wines work great for Thanksgiving!!!

"Xavier Vignon, along with Philippe Cambie, are probably the two most highly renowned oenologists in Chateauneuf du Pape as well as some of the surrounding Cotes du Rhone regions. ...He is the consultant for such well-known domaines as Raymond Usseglio, Jerome Quiot, Beaurenard, La Nerthe, Mont Redon, Marcoux, Grand Veneur and La Gardine....They access gorgeous fruit from many different appellations and are doing a top-flight job of getting impressive quality into the bottle. Moreover, there are some top values in their portfolio as well." - Robert Parker

"Many of his wines are released quite late onto the market, as he prefers to age wines up to three winters before bottling and two winters after bottling." - Robert Parker

2019 Xavier Vignon Cotes Du Rhone Vieilles Vignes...$24.99
The deep black-cherry and ripe-blackberry fruit, plus the full, soft body push this to the edge of sweetness on the palate. However, the gentle dry tannins at the velvety finish just keep it on track. A style that now seems a bit dated, but plenty of wine drinkers love this. Drink now."
Rated 90/100 James Suckling

2019 Xavier Vignon Ventoux Rouge....$18.99
50% Syrah, 30% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre
Average 50 years
"Aromas of spiced cherries, thyme, lemon zest and olives. It’s medium-bodied with sleek, fine-grained tannins. Juicy and flavorful with a spiced, savory finish. Drink or hold."
Rated 91/100 James Suckling

2019 Xavier Vignon Gigondas....$39.99
Swirls of black raspberry ice cream and dark chocolate combine in Vignon's 2019 Gigondas, a blend of 95% Grenache and 5% Mourvèdre from numerous small parcels dotted around the appellation. Matured in a large wooden vat, there's no apparent oak aromas or flavors, just the purity of old-vine fruit, creamy tannins, ample concentration and a bright, vibrant—and long—finish. With its combination of intensity and tension, it should drink well for a decade or more. 
Rated 93/100 The Wine Advocate

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