Arcane le Soleil Côtes du Rhone Villages 94 Points Parker
BLEND Mainly centenaries Grenache (80%) complemented by 10% of Mourvedre more then eighty years old—10% of Syrah (50 years old) - high density vineyards—very low yield (one bottle per vine). TERROIR Selection of terroirs based on mineral salt concentration and density (highest Total Polyphenol Index of our selec-tions—in average twice the density of the vintage aver-age ) - 9 parcels selected various villages of the North of Vaucluse in fresh terroirs (altitude/exposure) . Target is to combine an exceptional density and freshness. WINE MAKING Long maceration with no mechanical extraction (more then one month) Bottling in march 2017 Ageeing for 15 months : - 1/3 of new barrels (stockinger Austrian barrels with a very low toasting) - 1/3 of concrete tanks - 1/3 vat POTENTIAL OF AGEING Drink now and for 10 more years FOOD PAIRING Rack of lamb with thyme - Roasted duck - - Strong cheese. WINEMAKERS TASTING NOTE The wine offers a deep color, almost black,. On the nose the wine is complex and layered offering red and black fruits, spices, garrigue. The mouthfeel is ample and powerful yet with a good balance and a very long finish on black fruits and stouch of saltiness. Ratings 94/100 Parker « The 2015 Cotes du Rhone Villages Arcane XVIII Le Soleil is youthfully dark in color and fruit-forward, but it also shows softening, silky tan-nins. It's full bodied but not overblown, with a sensationally seductive mouthfeel. Black cherries define the fruit, joined by hints of dark choco-late and enough garrigue to give it a seriously savory character despite the fruit. This is an old-vine blend of 80% Grenache with 10% each Sy-rah and Mourvèdre, aged 15 months in one-third new oak, the rest in concrete or foudre. Maybe the best Côte du Rhône Villages I've ever tasted, it looks to have the stuffing to go another 10 years. »
BLEND 100% Syrah - old vines only Very low yield (one bottle per vine) TERROIR Selection of fresher terroirs , 7 parcels in altitude (ranging from 175 meters up to 400 meters). Selection based on the mineral salts content of the berries with the highest concentration in phosphorus found in Southern Rhone. WINE MAKING Hand harvesting— determination of harvest dates ba-sed on polyphenol analysis and daily tastings. 85 % destemmed—15 % with the stem Long maceration with no mechanical extraction Fermentation and ageeing in vat (cuve Tronconnique) Ageeing for more then 5 years with a tight oxygen protection management SERVICE 15/16°C POTENTIAL OF AGEING Drink now and for 5/7 more years FOOD PAIRING Beef with mustard sauce - Pork tenderloin with winter vegetables - Roasted duck - Malaysian pork chop and spice tea WINEMAKERS TASTING NOTE Profound black deep color. An explosive and intense bouquet of jammy black fruit, liquorice and under-brush with hints of black truffle. On the palate, the attack is fine and chiseled, with a beautiful velvety finish ex-tended by very aro-matic notes of black fruit and spices. PRESS 92/100 Parker 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 Sou-thern Rhône, it should drink well for up to 10 years.
For nearly 20 years Xavier Vignon has been a consulting winemaker for numerous estates of the Southern Rhone Valley, where he brings his expertise from vineyard management to winemaking.
This unique position allowed Xavier to aquire a deep knowledge of the Southern Rhone Terroirs. The observation of those season after season enables Xavier to seize each year the best of each vintage for our wines.
This particular link with the vignerons, from the most reknowed to some more confidential allows Xavier to have access for our blends to wines usually jealously kept by the estates.
Xavier blends are the result of intricate blends and a drastic selection. The diversity of our Southern Rhone terroirs combined with the freedom offered by being a small structure allows Xavier, depending on the vintage to select wines that will allow our blend to combine concentration, balance , luscious fruit and silky tannins. Our goal: reveal the best of each appellation. To achieve this ambitious target everything starts in the vineyard, wines that we select are always coming from old to very old vines with low yield that Xavier generally has followed from the parcel to the barrel. Our wine making processes always favor soft diffusion of tannins versus extraction and we limit the oenological inputs as much as possible.
Finally, our wines are the result of complex blends including different soils types within a same appellation to guarantee the best possible balance while reaching good complexity
The Best of Both Worlds
Xavier career as flying winemaker led him to work in more than 50 estates in numerous countries across both hemispheres. From prestigious Chateaux in Bordeaux to the Champagne crayeres passing by Australia, New Zeland, California and South Africa. Xavier was able to keep the best out of these amazing experiences and thanks to this he brings today a touch of modernity to our Southern Rhone wines while expressing truthfully our fabulous terroirs.
Meticulous and perfectionist, he takes sometimes months to find THE wine that will finalize and blend. Wine sold under the Xavier brand should be faultless but first and foremost should express truthfully their terroirs of origin.