2012 Xavier Vins Chateauneuf du Pape Rouge

2012 Xavier Vins Chateauneuf du Pape Rouge

93 Points John Caro
2012 Xavier Vins Chateauneuf du Pape Rouge
93 Points John Caro

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A beautiful rich Chateaneuf from a great year. Now with bottle age as well. This was the top French red in our Bob Campbell French wine tasting- its drinking beautifully but still with time on its side. This is not a chateau but the private label of an expert - one of Chateauneuf's most respected consultant winemakers, Xavier Vignon. He has superb sources of fruit, but none of the costs of his own vineyards - that's why this impressive wine is so inexpensive. Sourced from all over Chateauneuf it is rounded and complete - rich, herbal, spicy, earthy and deep. Gorgeous!

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$49.99 in mixed 6+ or $55.99 per bottle



65% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 15% Mourvedre

Its Origins

For the last 15 years, oenologist Xavier Vignon has become internationally known for being the winemaker of several of the best domaines in Châteauneuf-du-Pape and the Rhone, such as Le Nerthe, Marcoux and Grand Veneur. In 2002 some friends (who are wine importers) asked him if he can create his own wine. Choosing amongst the best wines he has made, he creates Rhône wines of different vintages and appellations. His ideal wine is easy to understand, modern, powerful and great value for money. Before settling up in Rhône Valley, Xavier worked as a winemaker in Alsace, Champagne (Moët & Chandon), Saint-Emilion Grand Cru, Burgundy and Languedoc-Roussillon.

What The Critics Say

91/100 Parker's Wine Advocate, Jeb Dunnuck

"Xavier’s 2012 Châteauneuf du Pape is another rocking wine from this estate. Christmas spice, raspberry, crushed flowers and hints of mint all emerge from this elegant, yet ripe, textured and forward effort. Made from 65% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 15% Mourvedre that was aged in equal parts foudre and barrel, drink it anytime over the coming decade...This is another impressive lineup from oenolgist Xavier Vignon, who works with the likes of Raymond Usseglio, Le Nerthe, Marcoux and Grand Veneur, to name a few. These are all negociant wines, but they obviously have access to some serious vineyard, and the winemaking is impeccable. Looking at these latest releases, his 2013s buck the vintage stereotype with their ripe, textured profiles, and his 2012s are certainly up with some of the top wines of the vintage as well. In addition, prices remain more than reasonable here. If you haven’t yet discovered these wines, now is a great time. As a side note, I’m halfway through a case of his 2007 Châteauneuf du Pape, with every wine showing brilliantly. These can drink nicely in their youth, yet age beautifully as well." Drink 2014 - 2024

Stats & Food Matching

  • Variety

    Grenache Syrah Mourvedre Blend

  • Colour


  • Region

    Rhone Valley

  • Closure


  • Volume


  • Alcohol


  • Maturity

    2014 - 2024

This Wine Goes Well With

with BEEF
with GAME
with LAMB



Delivery & Returns

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If for any reason you are not entirely happy with your order or you suspect that they may be affected by a quality issue, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will remedy the problem straight away. Contact us on 0800 422 767.


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