07-09-10 Xavier Vins Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee La Reserve

Year: 07-09-10
Appellation: Rhone
Country: France
Wine Advocate: 96
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 15.0%
Price :
$49.95

MONSTER PRICE REDUCTION!!

"While I reviewed this NV Châteauneuf du Pape La Reserve VII IX X (a blend from the 2007, 2009 and 2010 vintages) last year, I was able to taste it again this go around, and it still blew me away. Fabulously full-bodied and decadent, with loads of lavender, incense, black raspberry and cured-meat nuances, it’s still youthful and vibrant, with notable freshness and purity. Enjoy this brilliant wine through 2028.

This is another impressive lineup from oenolgist Xavier Vignon, who works with the likes of Raymond Usseglio, Le Nerthe, Marcoux and Grand Veneur, to name a few. These are all negociant wines, but they obviously have access to some serious vineyard, and the winemaking is impeccable. Looking at these latest releases, his 2013s buck the vintage stereotype with their ripe, textured profiles, and his 2012s are certainly up with some of the top wines of the vintage as well. In addition, prices remain more than reasonable here. If you haven’t yet discovered these wines, now is a great time. As a side note, I’m halfway through a case of his 2007 Châteauneuf du Pape, with every wine showing brilliantly. These can drink nicely in their youth, yet age beautifully as well." (WA)

FANTASTIC BOLD, FULL-BODIED NEGOCIANT CHATEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE – A “STEAL” AT $49.95 LA RESERVE (VII, IX, X) C.D.P., Blended by XAVIER VIGNON

At dinner the richness and the bold full bodied character of this wine just overwhelmed, in a most positive fashion, my wife and I. This is a wine with the boldness and full flavor you would expect from a major Cote-Rotie and maybe then some.

I agree totally with the Robert Parker Rhone reviewer when he awarded the wine a prestigious 96 and wrote, “While I reviewed this Non-Vintage Chateauneuf-du-Pape La Reserve VII IX X (a blend from the 2007, 2009 and 2010 vintages) last year. I was able to taste it again this go around and it still blew me away. Fabulously full-bodied and decadent with loads of lavender, incense, black raspberries and cured-meat nuances, it’s still youthful and vibrant, with notable freshness and purity. Enjoy this brilliant wine through 2028.”

In case you are wondering what a negociant does, he purchases wine in bulk and/or barrels from several sources and blends them to produce his own unique product. In the case of this La Reserve Chateauneuf-du-Pape the oenologist Xavier Vignon, works with the likes of some of the very greatest Chateauneuf producers such as Raymond Ussegilo, Le Nerthe, Marcoux and Grand Veneur to name a few-all of which have a track record of many Parker 100 point grand winners.

RATING: 95/96
PRICE: $49.95. *** Bargain
WHERE: Los Angeles Wine Co.
(Martin's Guide to Wine Bargains)

Winery Notes:
For nearly 20 years Xavier Vignon has been a consulting winemaker for numerous estates of the Southern Rhone Valley, where he brings his expertise from vineyard management to winemaking. Xavier and the fifteen winemakers composing his team allow today more than 250 estates from Southern and Northern Rhone as well as Corsica and Languedoc to fully express the potential of their terroirs vintage after vintage.

This unique position has allowed Xavier to aquire a deep understanding of the Southern Rhone Terroirs. The observation of those terroirs season after season enables Xavier to seize each year the best of each vintage. This relationship with the vignerons, from the most reknowned to some more confidential, allows Xavier to have access to wines for his blends usually kept by the estates.