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Xavier Châteauneuf-Du-Pape 2012 Wine Review

Xavier Châteauneuf-Du-Pape 2012

Xavier Châteauneuf-Du-Pape 2012

Rhône A.C., France

Community Score:90/100

Community Reviews: 3

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Price: $44.95

Drink: 2017-2020

Bottle size: 750 ml

Alcohol: 14.5%

Sweetness: Extra Dry

Wine Type: Red Wine

Winery: Xavier Vignon

Agent: Noble Estates Wines & Spirits Inc.

Natalie's Score: 92/100

Black cherry liqueur on the nose and palate of this huge southern French red wine blend. Plush black plum aromas give this wine a luscious mouth-filling character and juiciness before an incoming tide of peppered darker fruit that creates a lovely bite. Full-bodied and voluptuous. Drink now if you decant for 2 hours or hold it in your cellar for a decade or more. Incredible richness, depth and concentration. Demands hearty meat dishes. This is a blend of 65% Grenache and the remainder equal parts Mourvèdre and Syrah grapes. Loaded with purple and black plums and liquorice on the finish.

Châteauneuf-Du-Pape food pairings: prime rib, wild game, cherry and wine-reduction sauces.

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This Xavier Châteauneuf-Du-Pape 2012 was reviewed on July 22, 2017 by Natalie MacLean

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Greg Hughes rated this wine as 89/100 with the following review:

Xavier are a pretty notable producer from the Southern Rhône. They also make very good Gigondas, Vaqueyras, and simple Cotes du Rhône. This one is Grenache heavy, as Chateuneuf usually are. This one has Shiraz and Mourvedre carrying the balance of what is left over (35%).
Deep, soft purple, with a ruby rim.
The aromas are really on the red fruit - cherry compote, bay leaf, and cigar box.
Bright red fruit on the palate, with lots of oak spice and tannin. Red plum, pain grille, chocolate, and a tiny bit of southern scrub herb that is usually associated with these wines.
It is a fine wine, to be sure. Ginger beef kabobs blackened on the BBQ would be just great with this. Grilled peppers, stuffed with veal and parm too.
Xavier (2012) is a Châteauneuf-Du-Pape from the Rhône wine region. Plush black plum and juicy raspberry and fruitcake spice are on the nose and palate. Lovely juiciness from this 65% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 15% Mourvèdre red wine blend aged in foudre and barrel. Drink now and for the next five years. - Community Wine Reviews

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