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ARCANE XV LE DIABLE 2015 Vin de France
Vintage Assessments Tasting Note Producer XAVIER
A THIRD REPEAT of the 2015 (***) that was last released on November 23, 2019 at $29.95. Assessed from a new bottle just purchased at the LCBO with lot number L21102771 on the lower part of the glass bottle. Here is my new tasting note: Extremely deep intense purple colour. Gently spicy, warm, ripe, plum-cranberry-cassis nose with bright, mineral-tinged, cedar notes. Attractive, dry, full bodied, dense, intense, gently spicy, well structured, ripe, plum-black-cherry-cassis fruit flavours with a lingering, bright, cedary finish. This Mourvèdre-driven red from a property adjacent to Vinsobres has 15% alcohol and now 3 g/L residual sugar. This is the best yet of all three releases. Needs a large glass! CSPC 526301
Type Red Table Wine
Agent Nob Est
Country France
Rating ***(92 points)
Complex, Solid, Ripe, Intense, Crancherry
LCBO Text Status Recommended by Vintage Assessments!
A Best Buy
TASTING NOTE: There are two slightly eccentric wines from this estate that merit serious attention. Almost 100% Mourvèdre from a parcel close to Vinsobres, the sensational 2015 Vin de France Arcane XV Le Diable had a three week maceration (Xavier prefers to get as much extraction as possible before alcoholic fermentation), and was aged mostly in small oak tanks and concrete. Blueberries, blackberries, peppery herbs and spice all flow from this layered, full-bodied beauty that has awesome purity, integrated acidity and plenty of structure. Give bottles 2-3 years and drink over the following 10-15 years. Drink date: 2018-2033. Score - 94 (Jeb Dunnuck, robertparker.com, Oct. 28, 2016) Price $ 29.95
Bottle Size 750 mL
Tasting Date vintages release - March 19, 2022
Cases bought 499 (12 bottles per case)

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