Ventoux 2012 - Xavier Vins

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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 CharacteristicsTasting and cellaring
ProducerXavier VinsEyeDark ruby
Vintage2012Nose Red and black fruits, spice, garrigue and floral notes
AppellationVentouxMouthA very well-balanced medium-bodied red with aromas of fresh red fruits,
AreaRhône Valley spices and a very light touch of undergrowth
ColourRedDrink fromNow
GrapesSyrah (50%) Grenache (30%)Drink before2017
 Mourvèdre (20%)Open 1 hour before
TypeDryDrinking temperature15°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 2012 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…
SoilMore and 100 different parcels in the Ventoux appelation
HarvestManual
WinemakingPre-Fermentation at low temperature and very limited manipulation of the grapes
MaturingOak barrels for Syrah and Mourvèdre, concrete tanks for Grenache
Alcohol14%

 

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Ventoux 2012 - Xavier Vins

Ventoux 2012 - Xavier Vins

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