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Xavier Vignon : Arcane V Le Pape 2010

Xavier Vignon : Arcane V Le Pape 2010

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Xavier Vignon : Arcane V Le Pape 2010

A divine Châteauneuf-du-Pape of singularity, fullness and elegance

The estate

For over twenty years, the exceptional winegrower, Xavier Vignon, has been considered one of the finest experts in the Southern Rhône Valley. Each wine by Xavier Vignon accurately reflects the desire to reveal the identity of the fine Rhône Valley terroirs, all while expressing his own identity: the Xavier Vignon identity. His exclusive innovations only enhance his creativity, such as the Arcane collection, which promises to take wine lovers on an incredible sensory wine tasting experience.

The vineyard

All the wines by Xavier Vignon stem from the Rhône Valley. For the Arcane collection, the winemaker meticulously selects his terroirs in order to explore their full potential. The 2010 Arcane V Le Pape is made from century-old Grenache vines that are planted on famous terroirs in the Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation.

The wine

The epitome of a timeless, powerful expression and a forward-looking attitude, Le Pape commands respect. This exceptional wine produced in the Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation also confirms Vignon’s deep knowledge regarding this mythical terroir that inspires many.

Vinification and ageing

Xavier Vignon has achieved an incredible technical feat by combining, in an unprecedented manner, the vinification and ageing processes that give the wine its unique expression. Following manual harvesting with sorting in the vineyard and destemming, the grapes are very rarely handled. Once fermented, the wine was placed in special barrels with stainless steel hoops. The barrels were then plunged into tanks, which were themselves filled with Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Protected for 60 months from the effects of oxidation, the wine was left in the bottle for a further year before being put on the market.

The blend

Grenache (100%).

Arcane V Le Pape 2010: Characteristics and tasting tips

The tasting


Arcane V Le Pape 2010 has a fabulous inky-purple colour.


The aromatic bouquet reveals aromas of crushed flowers, black fruits and spices.


Arcane V Le Pape 2010 expresses a unique richness, volume and fullness and ripe yet present tannins. Singular, unique, exotic, this Châteauneuf-du-Pape wine will lend itself to a very pleasant tasting experience with loved ones.

Food and wine pairing

Arcane V Le Pape 2010 will pair with a rack of lamb with thyme, hare ‘’à la royale’’ and duck.

Service and storage

Xavier Vignon's Arcane V Le Pape 2010 will reveal its full aromatic potential until 2025/2030. For an optimal tasting experience, serve between 15 and 17 degrees.

Wine critic
Xavier Vignon : Arcane V Le Pape 2010
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J. Suckling
Wine Advocate-Parker :
With regards to the 2010 Châteauneuf du Pape Arcane Le Pape, I had to have Xavier explain how he made it about three times before I understood. The wine is 100% Grenache, from 15 different parcels, that was put into a barrel, then the entire barrel was put into a concrete tank, which was then filled with wine. This is a take on the underwater aging process that some people experiment with, and the result is that's there's no exposure to oxygen whatsoever, and the wine was kept like this for five years, with no racking or topping (since there's no evaporation, it never needed to be topped). Inky purple in color, with a sensational, youthful bouquet of crushed flowers, blueberries, blackberries, cured meats and spice, it hits the palate with incredible richness, a thick, unctuous mid-palate and ripe, yet present tannin. It's a singular, exotic beauty that I wish every reader could taste! I've not a clue how it will age, given its crazy elevage, yet I suspect it will benefit from short-term cellaring and keep for two to three decades! Hats off to the team here for having the guts to pull something like this off!