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Xavier Vignon : Arcane XV Le Diable 2015

Xavier Vignon : Arcane XV Le Diable 2015

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Xavier Vignon : Arcane XV Le Diable 2015

Powerful and structured, a superb Rhône Valley wine by Xavier Vignon

The estate

The oenologist Xavier Vignon has built up an international reputation by providing his expert advice to over 200 estates and by helping to produce the most prestigious wines in the Rhône Valley, notably in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. In 2002, he began to produce his own "Xavier" wines, blending the finest "juices" from meticulously selected parcels. No restrictions regarding the terroir or the grape variety, Xavier Vignon creates his ideal wine: simple, modern, and that boast a great quality and price.

The vineyard

Through the prism of this Arcane XV le Diable wine, Xavier Vignon brilliantly plays on a major arcana of the tarot pack, the Devil, a character embodying all that is forbidden, all things that go well-beyond comprehension. This wine is made from 17 plots of the best terroirs in the Vaucluse.

Xavier Vignon wished to highlight the magical expression of the Mourvèdre grape variety in this exceptional 2015 vintage. It is therefore a breath of freedom that blows over this exceptional wine, freed from the appellation and produced in Vin de France.

Vinification and ageing

Harvested by hand, selection based on mineral concentration, 3-week pre-fermentary cold maceration to promote both the aromatic development and an optimal extraction, the extremely precise vinification process combined with the ageing period in new Austrian oak barrels and small concrete vats offer a simply stunning result.

The blend

Mourvèdre (100%).

Xavier Vignon’s Arcane XV Le Diable 2015: Characteristics and tasting tips

The tasting

Colour

At first glance, the almost black colour of Arcane XV le Diable enchants the eye.

Nose

The allure of this wine’s nose is reminiscent of the herbal scents of garrigue scubs and reveals a burst of black fruit, blackberry and blueberry aromas.

Palate

The palate reveals a beautiful structure and a remarkably balanced tannic structure. The finish is long and lingers with notes of liquorice and black fruits.

Storage

Ready to be relished, this incredible wine can be cellared for another 10 to 15 years.

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Wine Advocate-Parker :
There are two slightly eccentric wines from this estate that merit serious attention. Almost 100% Mourvèdre from a parcel close to Vinsobres, the sensational 2015 Vin de France Arcane XV Le Diable had a three-week maceration (Xavier prefers to get as much extraction as possible before alcoholic fermentation), and 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.
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