A special blend from the master tinkerer who refuses to settle for status quo and continues to push the boundaries in southern France. This, all from the 2016 vintage, is a blend of five unique sites in the Rhone that Xavier perfectly balances together. There is so much going on, it’s easy to get lost in this intricate blend, but it’s a true classic in the making and well worth the big hype. I just wish I could’ve gotten more than a tiny 10-case allocation!
“Fascinated by blending and tinkering, tasting with him is something like meeting with a benevolent mad scientist—there are so many different experiments to try, it is sometimes difficult to keep up with what is what. Many of his wines are released quite late onto the market, as he prefers to age wines up to three winters before bottling and two winters after bottling. On the other hand, many of his 2016s are already in bottle. “2016 was just like a dream,” Xavier Vignon said. “The best autumn I’ve ever seen.” – Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
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94+ Points, Jeb Dunnuck
Sourced from parcels in Lirac, Vacqueyras, Gigondas, Rasteau, and higher elevation sites in Beaumes de Venise, the 2016 Côtes du Rhône Arcane Vi Les Amoureux (mostly Grenache) offers an awesome bouquet of black cherries, blackberries, pepper, garrigue, and olives. Beautifully textured, balanced, and layered, with fabulous purity, it’s a rocking wine that has loads of fruit, yet has the purity and elegance that makes this vintage so special. Drink it over the coming 15-20 years.
94 Points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
A blend of lots from five different Southern Rhône crus (and hence declassified to Côtes du Rhône), the 2016 Cotes du Rhone Arcane VI Les Amourcaux is a stunning effort, showcasing raspberry and strawberry fruit, a silky-creamy texture and lush, mouthwatering flavors. No, it doesn’t speak of the individual terroirs (Beaumes de Venise, Gigondas, Lirac, Rasteau, Vacqueyras), but it delivers sheer deliciousness.