Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Xavier Vins 2017

Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Xavier Vins 2017

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Xavier Vignon is considered by many of us in the trade to be the preeminent winegrowing consultant in the Rhône Valley, with his client list reading like a "Who's Who" of the top 400ish estates. And because 250 of those estates are involved in the production of Châteauneuf-du Pape, Xavier decided years ago that rather than charge these estates monetary fees for consultation, he would accept fruit as payment, then weave the very best that all these estates offered into a sort of hors classe Châteauneuf-du-Pape (in fact, Xavier is so exacting that he produces Châteauneuf in only the very best vintages). The result has been an extraordinary series of critically-acclaimed wines that speak primarily of Grenache and the famous winds of the mistral, and Xavier's 2017 follows in that vein with a profound, compelling, yet beautifully balanced wine that gives real pleasure now...although it will age easily and gracefully. We highly recommend these to novice and collector alike.