Xavier Vignon La Réserve X XII XV
An exceptional wine by Xavier Vignonn revealing the expression of the terroirs, the grape varieties and the importance of time
Writing a tasting note for La Réserve X XII XV is not easy. It is made from four terroirs in Châteauneuf du Pape that have been carefully selected for their incredible potential. Thus, this vintage is comprised of grapes that come from century-old Grenache, Vaccarèse, Counoise, Mourvèdre, Cinsault, Terret Noir and Muscardin vines from La Crau, Les Galets roulés, les Urgoniens and Les Sables. The different grape varieties for this Châteauneuf-du-Pape wine are planted on the same plot.Grenache, Vaccarèse, Counoise, Mourvèdre, Cinsault, Terret Noir and Muscardin.
La Réserve X XII XV comprises a blend of three different vintages: 2010, 2012 and 2015. The 2010 vintage makes up for 42% of the final mix, bringing acidity and expressing the characteristics of the terroir.
The 2012 vintage makes up 22% of the final blend, exuding varietal expression, fruitiness, and excellent mineral intensity.
The 2015 vintage makes up for 36% of the final blend and provides a beautiful expression of the grape varieties, adding to the complexity of this wine. It gives a salty taste to the finish.
The grapes were sorted and destemmed directly on the vine during the manual harvest. The grapes are rarely handled during the vinification process, even during fermentation, to preserve the aromas' softness and the tannins' nobility.
The 2010 wines were aged in the following containers before being blended in a stainless steel tank to complete and finalise their ageing period: 20% in French oak barrels for 44 months, 20% in concrete tanks for 36 months, 30% in large barrels for 46 months and 30% in demi-muid barrels for 44 months. The 2012 vintage was aged in the following containers for 36 months: 25% in concrete tanks, 25% in demi-muid barrels, 20% in new oak barrels and 20% in first-fill oak barrels. The 2015 vintage was aged entirely in amphora for eight months to preserve the expression of both the grape and the terroir while giving a lovely suppleness to the tannins.