Ventoux 2011 - Xavier Vins

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£ 9.55 tax incl.

Robert Parker does not give a 90 mark to a Ventoux wine for no reason. This medium-bodied red has it all – a beautiful balance of fruit and structure. Syrah and Mourvèdre grapes spend some time in oak barrels to develop a nice complexity and give a spicy touch. A real steal for sub-£10 a bottle!
 
Wine Characteristics Tasting and cellaring
Producer Xavier Vins Eye Dark ruby
Vintage 2011 Nose  Red and black fruits, spice, garrigue and floral notes
Appellation Ventoux Mouth A very well-balanced medium-bodied red with aromas of fresh red fruits,
Area Rhône Valley   spices and a very light touch of undergrowth
Colour Red Drink from Now
Grapes Syrah (50%) Grenache (30%) Drink before 2017
  Mourvèdre (20%) Open  1 hour before
Type Dry Drinking temperature 15°C
       
Food pairing
This medium-bodied red would be perfect with any type of grilled meat!
 
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
“An outstanding effort, as well as a serious value, the 2011 Côtes du Ventoux has juicy dark berry fruit, white pepper and spring-flower nuances to go with a medium-bodied, balanced, seamless feel on the palate. It’s well worth checking out and will drink nicely for 4-5 years.”
 
And finally for the wine geeks…
Soil More and 100 different parcels in the Ventoux appelation
Harvest Manual
Winemaking Pre-Fermentation at low temperature and very limited manipulation of the grapes
Maturing Oak barrels for Syrah and Mourvèdre, concrete tanks for Grenache
Alcohol 14%

 

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