For over twenty years, the exceptional winegrower, Xavier Vignon, has been regarded as one of the finest experts in the Southern Rhône Valley. After studying oenology in Montpellier, Xavier Vignon travelled around the vineyards in France and Australia. Smitten by the Rhône Valley, he established an oenology laboratory in 1996 in the Vaucluse. Since 2016, Xavier Vignon has devoted himself fully to the creation of his own wines. A lover of fine terroirs and grape varieties, Xavier Vignon vinifies and blends vintages that stand out due to their unique style.
Since 2020, Xavier Vignon has been working alongside the Fondation de la Mer in order to protect the maritime world. As part of this partnership, Xavier Vignon is unveiling two wines (one red and one rosé) that are produced using organic farming practices. These wines are adorned with a label designed by the French designer, Ines de la Fressange. For each bottle purchased, 1€ will be donated to the Fondation de la Mer.
This "Une Bouteille à la Mer Rouge Édition Ines de la Fressange" by Xavier Vignon is a Côtes du Rhône Villages 2019 wine made from vines planted on a tapestry of soils (limestone scree, pebbles, marl, clay and limestone).
Vinification and ageing
This red wine comprises five grape varieties, including Syrah, and is vatted in mid-September with the white varieties (Roussanne, Viognier) using whole grapes. Long cold maceration. At the end of the alcoholic fermentation, Grenache and Mourvèdre are added to develop the complexity of the wine. Cold pressing. Malolactic fermentation is carried out at a later stage. Around 20% of the wine is aged in first-fill barrels, the remainder is aged in truncated wooden and concrete vats. Three rackings using inert gases are carried out before proceeding with the final blend.
Deep, this wine is a beautiful violet colour.
The nose reveals subtle fruity (black fruit, blackcurrant) and floral (violet) fragrances.
The palate is very dense, with soft, crisp tannins and a perfect balance expression, both fruity and peppery.
Food and wine pairing
This limited edition wine will complement grilled beef, lamb colombo or spicy ribs.
For an optimal tasting experience, serve between 14 and 15°C.
Xavier Vignon's "Une Bouteille à la Mer Rouge Édition Ines de la Fressange" can be cellared until 2030.