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2012 Xavier Vignon Côtes du Rhône 'SM'
Single Bottles (75cl) @ £19.80
Cases (12 bottles) @ £237.60
Cases IN BOND(12 bottles) @ £162.00
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Tasting Notes:
Sweet fruit with the Syrah dominating slightly giving a black fruit edge to the wine but the Grenache certainly weighs in well. A remarkable wine, quite typical of Xavier's refusal to stop playing and experimenting: the Syrah comes from Cote Rotie (Septrionale) and the Grenache from Gigondas (Meridionale). The first outing for this wine, the 2012 "Sacrilege" included Grenache from Chateauneuf but the authorities wouldn't allow it to be anything more than a Vin de France and slapped Xavier with a fine so subsequent bottling have included some impressive old-vine Gigondas Grenache instead. This bottling includes wines from 2011 and 2012. Long and very complex with a very bright future ahead.

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Drinking Dates:
2018 to 2025+
50% Grenache, 50% Syrah
Hand harvesting, destemming and sorting on the plot. Ageing of the Grenache in concrete tanks to preserve the fruit purity. Ageing of the Syrah in barrels of one wine during 14 months.
Critic Reviews:
"The NV Côtes du Rhône S.M. is thrilling stuff. Made from equal parts Grenache and Syrah and aged half in concrete and half in barrel, it offers a full-bodied, voluptuous and decadent style to go with overflowing notes of plum and darker fruits, licorice and violets. Gorgeous on all counts, it’s a shockingly good Côtes du Rhône to drink over the coming 4-6 years, although I wouldn’t be surprised to see it last even longer. This is another impressive lineup from oenolgist Xavier Vignon, who works with the likes of Raymond Usseglio, Le Nerthe, Marcoux and Grand Veneur, to name a few. These are all negociant wines, but they obviously have access to some serious vineyard, and the winemaking is impeccable. Looking at these latest releases, his 2013s buck the vintage stereotype with their ripe, textured profiles, and his 2012s are certainly up with some of the top wines of the vintage as well. In addition, prices remain more than reasonable here. If you haven’t yet discovered these wines, now is a great time. They can drink nicely in their youth, yet age beautifully as well." 94/100 (Jeb Dunnock,

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