Sacrilege Vin de France - Xavier Vins

Describing Sacrilège is not a piece of cake. This cuvée was originally made following a “blending mistake” of Syrah and Grenache but it cannot benefit from any appellation except Vin de France. For this reason we are not allowed to specify where grapes are coming from but just have a guess – we are talking about the most prestigious places in his area of expertise! Sacrilège is a full-bodied red wine with amazing flavours of blackberry and a hint of liquorice, an astonishing complexity and an endless finish. What a treat for a Vin de France!

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£ 36.00 tax incl.

Describing Sacrilège is not a piece of cake. This cuvée was originally made following a “blending mistake” of Syrah and Grenache but it cannot benefit from any appellation except Vin de France. For this reason we are not allowed to specify where grapes are coming from but just have a guess – we are talking about the most prestigious places in his area of expertise! Sacrilège is a full-bodied red wine with amazing flavours of blackberry and a hint of liquorice, an astonishing complexity and an endless finish. What a treat for a Vin de France!

Note: Though we are not allowed to reproduce any critic review, we cannot prevent you from doing a quick Internet search!
 
Wine Characteristics Tasting and cellaring
Producer Xavier Vins Eye Deep purple
Vintage 2012 Nose  Blackberry, smoked meats, violets and licorice
Appellation Vin de France Mouth Full-bodied red with black fruits, gamey and meaty aromas
Area France   and a salty minerality opening in the glass
Colour Red Drink from Now
Grapes Grenache (60%) Syrah (40%) Drink before 2025
Type Dry Open  1 hour before
    Drinking temperature 14-16°C
       
Food pairing
Share it with wine lover friends on a nice grilled piece of beef, delightful!
 
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
We are not allowed to print the full quote because the wine was de-classified and the quote is mentionning the origin of the grape, which is contrary to the classification rules in France.
 
And finally for the wine geeks…
Soil Clay and limestone, rocky alluvial terraces
Yield 35hl/ha
Harvest Manual harvest, sorting and desteming
Maturing Oak barrels and stainless steel vats
Alcohol 14.5%