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|A white wine elaborated with grapes coming from great parcels in both Rhône Valley and Languedoc! It is a fresh and mineral white with citrus and floral aromas and a touch of exotic fruit. Perfect for a lot of pleasure around an aperitif with good friends! Robert Parker could not summarise it better: “It doesn’t get much better for a hot summer day”.|
|Wine Characteristics||Tasting and cellaring|
|Producer||Xavier Vins||Eye||Golden yellow|
|Vintage||2012||Nose||Hints of citrus, exotic fruits and floral notes (wisteria)|
|Appellation||Vin de France||Mouth||Fresh and mineral mouthfeel of apricot, lime and exotic floral aromas|
|Area||Languedoc / Rhône||Drink from||Now|
|Grapes||Sauvignon Blanc (50%)||Open||Open and drink|
|Picpoul (30%) Grenache Blanc (20%)||Drinking temperature||11°C|
|Perfect for an aperitif with good friends!|
|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: 88
“A honeyed, yet juicy and deliciously quaffable white, Xavier’s 2013 Vin de France Le Petit Xavier Blanc (50% Sauvignon, 30% Grenache Blanc and 20% Clairette) gives up plenty of apricot, lime and exotic floral aromas and flavors in its zesty, exotic profile. It doesn’t get much better for a hot summer day.”
|And finally for the wine geeks…|
|Soil||Clay and limestone|
|Maturing||Stainless steel vats|
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