Jeb Dunnuck 95
The 2016 Chteauneuf-du-Pape Cuve Anonyme is the flagship and is mostly Grenache that was sourced from numerous terroirs throughout Chteauneuf-du-Pape and brought up in a mix of tank and barrels (some new). It offers a rocking bouquet of black raspberries, blueberries, lavender, Asian spices, and graphite. Like all of Xavier's 2016s, it has purity, freshness, and richness, yet still packs ample richness and depth. Give this full-bodied, elegant red another few years, and it will keep for a decade.
Wine Advocate 95
The striking 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Anonyme is 60 Grenache, 25 Mourvdre and the rest minor varieties (there's no Syrah). Aged in a mix of foudres, demi-muids, barriques and concrete tanks, it shows hints of mocha and toast on the nose, but the blackberry and red plum fruit is mouthwatering and fresh, richly concentrated and spicy. Full-bodied, it manages to be ripe, silky and concentrated, while remaining crisp on the lengthy finish. Tasted twice, with consistent notes
James Suckling 92
Aromas of roses and purple cherries, as well as cassis, leading to a palate that delivers a very fresh, vibrant core of blue and purple berries. Drink or hold.
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Xavier Vins is a négociant business run by enologist Xavier Vignon, who also works as a consultant with top Rhône estates such as Le Nerthe and Marcoux. He created his company in 2002, prompted by wine importer friends who were keen to see him make his own wine. Helped by his connections with top-notch growers and major shippers, the subsequent wines have gained acclaim for quality and value, and gained widespread international distribution.