91 Points | International Wine Cellar , January 2010
($37; 60% grenache, 30% syrah and 10% mourvedre) Saturated ruby. Classic southern Rhone aromas of ripe red berries, garrigue, anise and smoky minerals. Juicy and expansive, with a restrained sweetness to the rich flavors of dark cherry, raspberry preserves and candied flowers. Mounts impressively on the finish, which echoes the cherry and anise notes and leaves a smoky quality behind. Sussex Wine Merchants, Mooresville NJ; Margaux & Company, Charlottesville VA
91-93 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
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3.9 out of 5 stars
I haven't gone wrong with any of the Xavier wines!
This was a great buy. The wine is earthy and elegant. Very nice.
Deep purple fruit and lots of structure. Tasted even better after being open a couple of hours. Winner.
Xavier Vignon Vacqueyras
An excellent wine for the price. Well balanced; flavorful dark fruit with a long silky finish. I've tried to source some of Xavier's other wines without success.
Saving 4 bottles for the cellar
Getting better with age, I just opened a bottle and let it decante for 2 hrs. The intense dark fruits on the palate are complimented with spice and a rich earthy note. The next night it was even better with a finish that lingers.
rich, tasty wine
I found this wine has a lot of great flavor that got better the longer it was opened. I purposely tried the first bottle, a little at a time, at different time intervals, the first of which was about 2 hours after I uncorked it. The next time was about 12 hours later, and the last try was about 36 hours later. Each time it seemed to mellow further, and tasted better each time (at least on my palate). I highly recommend this wine, if still available.
Good Rhone. smooth throughout
Least favorite of the Xavier wines
Some of the bottles seem noticeably better than others, a couple were spoilt by overwhelming note of mold and soil. Others better and more complex, but this is my least favorite of the Xavier wines.
Not bad for the price.
The first wine from WA I've thrown out. I bought a case, too.. Tasted like mold and dirt. Yuck!
Slightly spicy and moldy
Deep rich color,slightly spicy,but fair amount of mold,and soil,so much that I could not finish the bottle.
The village of Gigondas, a few miles to the northeast of Chateauneuf at the foot of the Dentelles de Montmirail, was the first Cotes du Rhone-Villages wine to win its own appellation, with nearby Vacqueyras the next to be so recognized. Read More »
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