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Savoury / earthy reds - ARCANE, ‘La Lune’, Xavier Vins. Côtes du Rhône

2010 ARCANE, ‘La Lune’, Xavier Vignon. Côtes du Rhône

Bin: 582
Alcohol Percentage: 14.5%
Grape Variety: 100% Syrah. 85% de-stemmed, 15% whole bunches. Matured in vat - no oak at all.
Producer: Xavier Vignon is a winemaker turned négociant (merchant) who, since 2007, has been finding rare and unusual parcels of vines, buying the grapes and turning them into small batches of expensive but amazing wine (using the Courthezon winery at Château Husson).
He also makes Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Gigondas, Vacqueyras, Ventoux and Muscat de Beaumes de Venise. This is just a Côtes du Rhône by appellation but it's a fine wine by any standard.
As a winemaker he has had extraordinary experience - Châteaux Corbin Michotte and Calon in Bordeaux, Moët & Chandon, Taltarni Vineyards in Yarra Valley, Clover Hill in Tasmania, even consulting for Cloudy Bay. In Châteaueuf-du-Pape he has consulted for Domaines Mordorée, Vieille Julienne, Marcoux, Grand Veneur, Raymond Usseglio and many more.
Old Bridge Rating:
Press Reviews: 92/100 Jeb Dunnock in The Wine Advocate:
"Yes, the 2010 Cotes du Rhone Arcane XVII La Lune is the current release. It's 100% Syrah, selected from high-altitude vineyards in the Southern Rhône, but it comes across as almost northern in style, offering up hints of pepper, licorice and red currants. It has bright acids but also fine tan-nins and a surprising degree of elegance on the long, mouthwatering finish. One of the finest expressions of Syrah I can recall from the Southern Rhône, it should drink well for up to 10 years."

£34.00 per bottle
£32.30 per bottle in a mixed case of 6 bottles
£30.60 per bottle in a mixed case of 12 bottles

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5% discount on mixed cases of 6.
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