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1972 Xavier Vignon "1972" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival)

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Xavier Vignon's greatest strength as a winemaker is his ability to establish long lasting and unique relationships with his partner winemakers and growers. For 25+ years Vignon has made exciting and sumptuous modern wines but he has also indulged in a few unique and interesting projects along the way. One such project is the "1972." From those long standing relationships he found a parcel of juice from a single domaine that had been cellared in concrete tanks for almost 50 years! For fans of history, this is something truly unique and special. Recently bottled, the wine has a wonderful mature character showing all the hallmark qualities of aged Châteauneuf but with none of the uncertainty of bottle variation or decline. This is a magnificent find!

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By: Kate Soto | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/9/2020 | Send Email
The 1972 is a very special, very unique bottle of wine. For nearly 50 years it's been sitting in its original concrete foudre, aging about as gracefully as any wine possibly could. It was only put in bottle last year by oenologist Xavier Vignon, and so it's just in impeccable condition for a wine of this age. The fruit has some mature plum characteristics, along with notes of leather and spearmint and clove, while the acidity is unbelievably fresh. What a beautiful yin yang of evolution and youth exists in this wine. It is a profound wine experience, for sure.

By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/1/2020 | Send Email
When I was offered this wine, I was a tad skeptical but very intrigued. A bottle of 1972 from a producer that was just born? What?! But that's what Xavier Vignon has done, he bought a time machine and went back to make...nah, just kidding. Vignon is a regarded winemaker who established a relationship years ago with a grower that had a secret stash of wine aging at a glacial pace in a concrete tank from 1972. After trying this wine, Vignon wanted to bottle it. Most consumers and even collectors know very little of Chateauneuf before the 90's. It was the 1998 vintage that propelled the region to modern fame with Beaucastel's Spectator Wine of the Year. So it is rare to try something with this kind of age, from a recent bottling. No variation, no oxidized bottles, no disappointment, a pure expression of intent. I tasted the wine and it was one of the most exciting and coolest things I have tried this year. Full of dried raspberries, potpourri, dusty spices, burnished leather, it hums with energy. Like aged Rioja meets Chateauneuf, each sip brings anticipation of the next. Like I said, one of the coolest wines this year. What to do with this? Savor with a nice plate of charcuterie and cheeses. Keep it simple and let the wine speak of its past, nearly 50 years ago and what an interesting story it has to tell. What an experience!

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