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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...

  - Vin de France 'Lili
Zingy, racy white, perfect for summer lawns or autumn bonfires. more details...
£8.95 (Bottle)
£63.00 (12 btls in bond)
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  2012 Ventoux Rouge
Rich and rounded Syrah-dominated blend from one of the most impressive winemakers in the Rhône today. WA: 90/100 more details...
£9.90 (Bottle)
£72.00 (12 btls in bond)
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  2012 Côtes du Rhône 
Fabulous CDR - as good as (better than?) most Chateauneuf du Pape - from leading consultant Xavier Vignon. WA: 90/100 more details...
£12.00 (Bottle)
£90.00 (12 btls in bond)
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  2015 Côtes du Rhône 'Blanc'
Fruity but well-defined white with good acidic zing. more details...
£12.00 (Bottle)
£93.00 (12 btls in bond)
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  2014 Beaumes-de-Venise 
Beautifully fragranced, cherry-fruited red. Medium-bodied. Very drinkable. more details...
£13.80 (Bottle)
£111.00 (12 btls in bond)
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  2011 Crozes-Hermitage 
Ripe and ready Syrah from Crozes. more details...
£16.00 (Bottle)
£132.00 (12 btls in bond)
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  2012 Muscat de Beaumes-de-Venise 
Luscious, sweet and grapey fortified white wine, a local speciality, to enjoy with desserts including chocolate. more details...
£16.50 (Bottle)
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  2010 Châteauneuf-du-Pape 'Anonyme'
Top flight 2010 Chateauneuf from one of the most imaginative names in the appellation. WA: 95/100 more details...
£35.00 (Bottle)
£324.00 (12 btls in bond)
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  2012 Vin de France 'Sacrilege'
Grenache and Syrah from two of the Rhone Valley's best vineyards. more details...
£36.00 (Bottle)
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  - Châteauneuf-du-Pape 'Reserve VII IX X'
A blend of three vintages of special cuvee Chateauneuf! WA: 96/100 more details...
£44.00 (Bottle)
£414.00 (12 btls in bond)
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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.

One of the most distinctive wines is the non-vintage blend sourced from both the Rhône and the Languedoc. Not only does it come from two distinct regions (and many more sub-regions) but it comprises wines from more than one vintage - as already mentioned, Xavier is a master blender! As such "Xavier Rouge" (or "Debut") can only be classed as non-vintage wines. Oak-aged and very powerful, it is an astonishingly good value wine.

New in the 2010 vintage, a 100% Grenache cuvee from Gigondas, a new favourite for us, and a Syrah-rich Vacqueyras which will be superb with three or four years in the bottle. "100%" is a new variation on the "Debut" concept so will be one to watch.


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