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Xavier Vignon (Consultant Winemaker, Rhône Valley)

Xavier Vignon is one of the top consultant winemakers in the south of France. He used to be a master Champagne blender (so he knows a thing or two about constructing wines) but now lives in Les Barroux in the Rhône Valley from where he visits around 300 estates to advise them on viticulture and vinification. At the end of each year, as he hands over his bill, he offers some of his employers to exchange it for barrels to make his own blends - well, that's more or less how it works. His preferred style is for intense flavours and big structures so, inevitably, he keeps the best wines for bottling under his own stylish label. They are superb wines which are earning him the recognition they well deserve in France - and they are beginning to become well-known in the UK. More...

£8.95 (Bottle)
£63.00 (12 btls in bond)

NV Xavier Vignon Vin de France 'Le Petit Xavier'
For summer lawns or autumn bonfires. WA: 88/100
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£12.00 (Bottle)
£90.00 (12 btls in bond)

2017 Xavier Vignon Ventoux Rouge
Syrah-dominated blend. WA: 90/100
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£17.00 (Bottle)

2012 Xavier Vignon Muscat de Beaumes-de-Venise
Luscious, sweet and grapey fortified white wine.
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£17.50 (Bottle)
£144.00 (12 btls in bond)

2011 Xavier Vignon Crozes-Hermitage
Ripe and ready Syrah from Crozes.
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£19.80 (Bottle)

NV Xavier Vignon Vin de France Arcane 'Le Fou'
Quite incredible wine that overshoots its humble status. 96/100 (Jeb Dunnuck)
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£19.80 (Bottle)
£162.00 (12 btls in bond)

2012 Xavier Vignon Côtes du Rhône 'SM'
Cote Rotie meets Chateauneuf-du-Pape. JD: 94/100
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£21.00 (Bottle)
£90.00 (6 btls in bond)

2015 Xavier Vignon Vin de France Arcane XV 'Le Diable'
Pure Mourvedre in Xavier's new Arcane range.
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£22.00 (Bottle)
£192.00 (12 btls in bond)

2015 Xavier Vignon Côtes du Rhône Villages ARCANE XIX 'Le Soleil'
100 year old Grenache, very rich and rounded. 94/100 (Wine Advocate)
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£22.00 (Bottle)
£96.00 (6 btls in bond)

NV Xavier Vignon Beaumes-de-Venise 'Arcane' L'Etoile
The best ever Beaumes-de-Venise red? Without a doubt. 95/100 Jeb Dunnock
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£23.00 (Bottle)

2010 Xavier Vignon Côtes du Rhône ARCANE XVIII 'La Lune'
Meaty old-vine Syrah. Very serious. One to enjoy with food. WA: 92/100
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£25.80 (Bottle)
£222.00 (12 btls in bond)

2016 Xavier Vignon Côtes du Rhône ARCANE VI 'Les Amoureux'
Simply fantastic, mostly 2016 Grenache, superbly crafted. WA: 94/100
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£27.50 (Bottle)
£234.00 (12 btls in bond)

2016 Xavier Vignon Gigondas ARCANE IX 'L'Hermite'
Smooth, rich Gigondas. Simply lovely wine. JD: 94/100; WA: 93/100
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£40.00 (Bottle)
£372.00 (12 btls in bond)

2010 Xavier Vignon Châteauneuf-du-Pape 'Anonyme'
Top flight 2010 from a most imaginative winemaker. WA: 95/100
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£44.00 (Bottle)
£414.00 (12 btls in bond)

- Xavier Vignon Châteauneuf-du-Pape 'Reserve VII IX X'
A blend of three vintages of special cuvee Chateauneuf. WA: 96/100
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Xavier producers a wide range of wines from the south of France. From the Rhône he offers a full range from a full and gutsy Côtes du Rhône to his top wine, a Châteauneuf called "Anonyme" from a number of his top clients.

Xavier makes some of the most distinctive wines in the Rhône Valley. One of his earliest examples was a blend from at least ten varieties from two distinct regions (the Rhône and the Languedoc) - and many more sub-regions - but it comprised wines from more than one vintage - as already mentioned, Xavier is a master blender! As such "Xavier Rouge" (or "Debut") could only be classed as a non-vintage wine. Oak-aged and very powerful, it was an astonishingly good value wine, sadly long gone.

However, Xavier has gone on to create many new wines since then including a multi-vintage blend of the top parcels of "Anonyme" called "Reserve VII IX X" (there's an obvious clue in the letters!) and "Sacrilege", a blend of Cote Rotie Syrah and Chateauneuf Grenache which landed him in trouble when he labelled it Cotes du Rhone - it is not permitted to downgrade Chateauneuf except to Vin de France - so this wine is now made using Grenache from Gigondas and has been renamed "SM" after Septrionale (the French name for the northern Rhône) and Meridionale (southern Rhône).

More recently, Xavier has been working on a special limited production range called the Arcane Series. There will be 20 wines in this range, all labelled with Tarot images. Early bottlings included "Le Soleil", "La Lune" and "Le Diable". They are exquisite examples of specific varieties and/or terroirs.


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