Côtes du Rhône 2010 - Xavier Vins


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One of the most charming Côtes-du-Rhône we have come across – yet again, for under £10 per bottle. You will love its beautiful aromas of dark fruit and its silky tannins. Expressive nose and round on the palate – this is how we could simply describe it.
 
Wine CharacteristicsTasting and cellaring
ProducerXavier VinsEyeRuby with crimson notes
Vintage2010Nose Aromas of fruits, flowers, spices and minerals
AppellationCôtes du RhôneMouthFull of flavour: red and black fruits first then white flowers,
AreaRhône Valley candied citrus and spices in the finish
ColourRedDrink fromNow
GrapesGrenache (60%) Mourvèdre (25%)Drink before2015
 Syrah (15%) Open 1 hour before
TypeDryDrinking temperature14-16°C
    
Food pairing
Great to drink with white and red meat (with sauce or grilled), cheese, spicy or aromatic cuisine with herbs.
 
A word about the producer
Initially a “flying winemaker” (Bordeaux, Champagne, Australia, New Zealand, California...), Xavier Vignon has become an oenologist and a consultant in the Southern Rhône Valley. He is now adviser to some of the most prestigious domains in the region, such as Le Nerthe and Grand Veneur. This activity allows him to source the best grapes to elaborate his wines. Since the late 90s, Xavier has spent most of his time in the Rhône Valley, developing modern techniques while keeping traditional methods with an amazing success.
 
What experts say
About the producer
Jeb Dunnuck (Wine Advocate):
"I was blown away by these current and new releases. Across the board they showed beautifully made profiles, with not only loads of fruit and texture, but superb balance and classic Southern Rhone characters. In fact, each of the wines showed what I think of as textbook characteristics of the terroirs from which they come. In addition, the prices remain remarkably low, and these wines are a treasure trove for the savvy buyer."

About the wine
Robert Parker: 90
“Composed of 70% Grenache and the rest Mourvedre and Syrah, the 2010 Cotes du Rhone was aged in wood barrels (one-third) and tank (two-thirds). It possesses copious notes of garrigue, loamy soil, balsam wood, underbrush, kirsch and blacker fruits. This medium-bodied 2010 is ideal for consuming over the next several years.”
 
And finally for the wine geeks…
SoilSouthern Rhône, calcareous, clayey, argilo-calcareous, or rocky
Age of vines40 years old in average
Yield40hl/ha
HarvestManual harvest, sorting and desteming
WinemakingEach grape variety was fermented separately
MaturingOak barrels and concrete tanks
BottledSpring 2011
Alcohol14.5%

 

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Côtes du Rhône 2010 - Xavier Vins

Côtes du Rhône 2010 - Xavier Vins

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