This is a really interesting wine.  As the story goes, Xavier Vignon is a Rhone producer who also consults.  In his travels, he discovered this wine as it was sitting in a concrete tank with very low levels of oxygen.  It is unclear who made the wine originally.  It was bottle recently and released. It is a blend of 90% Grenache, 5% Carignan, and 5% Grenache Blanc et Clairette Complantes.  Ruby in color with some browning, clear and bright.  The nose has black cherries, leather, black pepper and slight anise.  Medium bodied.  No tannins.  On the palate, cherries with some underlying earthiness.  It is hard to characterize but think Charvin meets Rioja (if that makes sense).  On the lighter side, and fully mature, but with plenty of life left.  It will work better with food.  Cassoulet would be the obvious choice.  No idea how long this lasts, but now bottled, I would say drink sooner than later.  More a cool story than a great wine but worth trying.  

Grade: 
B+
Score: 
88
Vintage: 
1972
Current Price: 
$190.00USD

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