Xavier Vignon Rasteau Rouge
Since 1944 Rasteau has been recognized for its superior fortified wines, but over the last decade the region has made a name for itself as a competitor to Vacqueyras, Gigondas, and even Chateauneuf-du-Pape itself. Xavier’s bottling showcases just how good Rasteau can be, weaving intricate flavors of dark berries, leather, baker’s chocolate, and rocky minerality into a seamlessly bold yet smooth finish. Its twin 92- and 90-Point scores prove that it can stand up to the very best, but its bargain price of just $24.99 a bottle makes it an everyday luxury!
“The 2016 Rasteau (75% Grenache and the balance Syrah and Mourvèdre) is a big, ripe, opulent effort that’s packed with full-bodied notes of blackberries, crushed rock, new leather, and lots of minerality. It has sweet tannin, and while already impossible to resist, it will keep for 7-8 years.” – 92 Points, Jeb Dunnuck
“Nicely done all around, Xavier Vignon's 2016 Rasteau is full-bodied and slightly warm, but it does deliver complex notes of ground spices, ripe plums and supple tannins. Drink it over the next 5 years.” – 90 Points, Wine Advocate