Xavier Cotes du Rhone 2009
"Even better is the sensational 2009 Cotes du Rhone, a blend of 60% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre, 10% Carignan and 10% Syrah. Again, the practice of Xavier Vignon is to age all the Grenache <br/>and Carignan in tank and the Mourvedre, and occasionally Syrah, in small oak. The classic Cotes du Rhone offers wonderful peppery, black currant, black cherry, tobacco leaf, licorice and spice characteristics, abundant flavor, more body and density than most wines with this humble pedigree, as well as terrific purity and texture. <br/> <br/>I visited the three owners of Xavier Vins, the young oenologist, Xavier Vignon, who is the brain trust behind so many of the wines, and his two partners. This relatively youthful, serious negociant company has been doing some extraordinary consulting work in Chateauneuf du Pape, working for such estates as Raymond Usseglio, La Gardine, Jerome Quiot, Beaurenard, La Nerthe, Mont Redon, Maucoil, Roger Perrin, Chateau Marcoux and Domaine Grand Veneur. <br/>They access gorgeous fruit from many different appellations and are doing a top-flight job of getting impressive quality into the bottle. Moreover, there are some top values in their portfolio as well. " Robert Parker<br/><br/> <br/><br/>91/100<br/><br/>
Nice dark cherry red colour. Blueberry, Damson Plum and Kirsch on the nose - sometimes in carousel-like rotation. A little astringent on entry, but full of nice acidic red berry flavours - with perhaps some blueberry in the mix. The finish is slightly acerbic and short - but in line with expectation for a decent CdR. Recommended for everyday quaffing, but could be a few dollars cheaper. 85 points.
We enjoyed the wine very much with a dinner of grilled wild salmon and grilled asparagus. Great value for the money.