2015: When Everything Went Right in the Rhône
As a valued buyer, we are emailing you exclusively because we have just 267 bottles remaining in our temperature controlled warehouse of this 2015 Xavier Vignon Arcane XV Le Diable. If you’ve already enjoyed a bottle, and want to replenish your cellar, or wish you had secured more than your original purchase, this is your unique opportunity to do so on a first reply basis.
Acclaimed by Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate as “easily one of the best winemakers in the Southern Rhône,” Xavier Vignon has authored nearly a dozen 100-pointers in Robert Parker’s publication. Today’s 2015 Xavier Vignon Arcane XV Le Diable is an exemplar of the stunning 2015 Rhône vintage and this voluminous release earned 94 points from the Advocate, which called it flat out “sensational.” Parker’s tasting note is a vivid and spot-on description: “Blueberries, blackberries, peppery herbs and spice all flow from this layered, full-bodied beauty that has awesome purity, integrated acidity and plenty of structure.” Elsewhere up to $33, today at $24.99 a bottle, we’re calling it one of the most alluring and brilliant red buys of the past five years.
The 2015 Southern Rhône growing season is going down in the history books as one of the greatest, equal to if not exceeding superlative Rhône vintages such as 1978, ‘89, ‘05, and ‘10. Jancis Robinson has called it “extremely promising,” while Wine Spectator awarded it 97 points, the best Southern Rhône vintage since the already legendary 2010.
Under 2015’s warm conditions, few varieties thrived as beautifully as the late-harvesting Mourvèdre. Drawn off multiple plots (containing vines up to 100-years-old) in the northern sector of Southern Rhône, not far from Vinsobres, this single-variety red shows all the hallmarks of the vintage: huge concentration, voluptuous tannins, superbly balanced acidity.
Demonstrating the same rigor that won him international acclaim as a consultant at Grand Veneur and Roger Perrin, Vignon has outdone himself with this radiant 94-point effort—a new Rhône classic.