On the nose sweet, spicy, exotic and jammy. Dark fruit, cloves, black pepper, a touch of well oiled leather & sandalwood. Seductive.
On the palate this is surprisingly fresh, lively & savoury - finely polished tannins and juicy acidity define the frame, with meaty fresh & stewed black fruit filling it nicely. Nice purity & definition. This is a very nice wine! — 6 days ago
With ottolenghi lamb shank — 19 days ago
I think this is my first 100% Syrah from southern Rhône, and it really grew on me.
Slightly candied dark fruits balanced by a stream of medium yet vivid acidity. Peppery, herbal, and slightly floral. Mellow tannins.
Xavier Vignon has the formula to produce great Southern Rhône bottles at great price. And this is no exception, particularly considering the age of the bottle. — 10 months ago
Inky wine from rim to rim. Charred boar ragout, marigolds and violets, in cedar planters. Chunky baker's chocolate baking, teak, black shoe polish, burnt mocha rye, mint in turned soil scribbled on by grape scented marker. Smoked plum, worm castings, raw chocolate, espresso grounds, graphite dust. Oak and pepper belched from an arcane volcanic sacrifice. Wood tannins mushroom and coat the tongue. Next year's harvest might be a lock with this kind of dark dedication. #crozeshermitage #crozes #rhonewine #syrah #purpleteetharesexy — 4 years ago
Xavier Vignon’s Arcane l’Etoile, a multi-vintage blend from 2015, 16 & 17 drawn from several plots in Beaumes-de-Venise, is a dark and alluring wine with saturated blackberry, dark chocolate and strong espresso notes. Not soft, but also fairly mild in acidity with moderate tannin towards the finish. But this is no plush southern Rhône wine and feels almost slightly off-balance at the moment - austere, even - and perhaps needs a few years to harmonise. Quite a hot finish. Potential, though. — 21 days ago
Black cherry, hemp cake, eucalyptus, licorice, smoky loam, blackberry juice, spicy tea, dyed into the linen of heavy curtains shielding the holy darkness. Violets, black cherries, tart cherry, dry tobacco, cedar twigs, raw cocoa nibs, dried blueberry, loose black tea, and formidable tannins that are silky with a small amount of grainy residuals. Brilliant as arcane runes on shotgun blueing. #fattorialaripa #tuscanwine #toscana #italianwine #redwine #redblends — 3 years ago
Les Amoureux by Xavier Vignon, another single-vintage wine in the Arcane portfolio, is a beautiful embodiment of the southern Rhône from the spectacular 2016 vintage. A blend of 80% Grenache, with the 20% split between Mourvèdre, Cinsault and Caladoc, and sourced from the AOCs of Gigondas, Lirac, Vacqueyras, Beaumes-de-Venise and Rasteau, it’s a fragrant but powerful wine that balances bright red fruit, dollops of garrigue and a smokey character with a good amount of acidity and tannin characteristic of a young Rhône wine. A basic Côtes du Rhône given the blend of multiple terroirs, this is the finest of Vignon’s wines that I’ve tasted to date and it should age well for the next decade. — 21 days ago
Glad we decanted it — first sip after opening is extremely tannic; but after 3 hours in a decanter it really softens. After 4 hours, it really opened up, with a lot pepper mixed the expected black currants and tobacco and even some slight strawberry. Maybe it was our glass (zalto universal), but even after all the decanting, the nose is a bit harsh with alcohol. That said: our last two glasses has a nose of green bell peppers. Success! — 7 months ago