Xavier Vignon Arcane L’Hermite AOC 2016 (Coming soon)
The 2016 Gigondas Arcane VIII L’Hermite likely won’t be released for three to four years, said Vignon (it’s already bottled) It is linear, tight, and crisply focused, so no doubt he’s right about when it will be approachable. Cedar frames bright cherry fruit in this medium to full-bodied GSM blend.
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From steeper slopes, the 02016 Gigondas Arcane L’Hermite checks in as 80% Grenache, 7% Mourvedre, and rest Syrah, Muscardin, and Picpoul Noir that was aged in a submerged barrel. It’s another beautiful wine from Xavier that has loads of blackberries, spices, dried herbs de Provence, and loamy soil. It’s elegant, seamless and silky, with beautiful purity and elegance. It’s going to be benefit from short-term cellaring and keep for a decade.