Xavier Vignon "SM" Côtes du Rhône (2016)

SKU #1424085 94 points Jeb Dunnuck

 A blend of the 2015 and 2016 vintages, the NV Côtes du Rhône S M checks in as the same equal parts Grenache and Syrah raised in tank and barrel. A huge nose of cassis, ground black pepper, garrigue, and olive tapenade gives way to a ripe, rounded, medium to full-bodied effort that has good acidity, building tannin, a seamless, light texture, and a great finish. It's a singular wine that has a big kiss of Northern Rhône Syrah with a touch of the rounded, sexy, opulent style of the south. It's going to drink nicely for a decade.  (8/2018)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A blend of 50% Syrah from the Northern Rhône with 50% Grenache from the Southern Rhône, the NV Vin de France SM Second Edition is a fascinating wine, combining smoky, peppery, herbal notes with ripe black cherries. Full-bodied, plush and velvety, Vignon allows that it's 'more 2016 than 2015' in style, but no matter how you characterize it, it's a lovely, complex wine for drinking over the next 6-7 years. (JC)  (10/2018)


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By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/2/2019 | Send Email
This special wine is an iconoclastic blending of the superb 2015 and 2016 vintages. A brilliant rhapsody between northern Rhône Syrah, with its peppermill, olive, and roasted black plum aromatics, and hearty Grenache from the southern Rhône, with its capricious dark cherry and spicy notes, this wine generates a rondo of rich, bold flavors that envelops the palate and rewards the senses. 94 JD, 93 RP

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Varietal:

Rhone Blends

Country:

France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.
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Rhone

- Legendary wine-producing region in southeast France. Stereotypically speaking, Rhone wines are high in alcohol, and the majority produced is red. The northern Rhone is best known for outstanding 100% Syrah wines from areas such as Cote Rotie and Hermitage, as well as for fabulous white wines from Condrieu (where Viognier is king). In the southern Rhone, look for spicy, full-bodied wines that are blends of Grenache, Syrah, and other varietals coming from appellations such as Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, or Rasteau. Wines labeled as Cote du Rhone or Cotes du Rhone Village (a cut above generic Cotes du Rhone) are frequently found here in the US because they often represent some of the best values on the market.