Type: Red Wine
Country: France
Region: Languedoc-Roussillon
Code: DEVI001
A charming southern French wine from our old friend, the talented Xavier Roger, whose name derives from the vine's growth cycle. Exactly 223 days between the bud break in the Spring and the leaf fall in the Autumn.
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Xavier Roger

Xavier Roger’s roots were firmly in the vineyards of Sancerre in the Loire Valley. Son of Jean-Max Roger whose 34ha domaine in the village of Bué, just south-west of town of Sancerre, is renowned for its production of high quality, Sancerre, Menetou-Salon and Pouilly Fumé. However three is a crowd, and with his brothers Thibault and Etienne working at the family domaine, Xavier set out on his own and made his own way.

 

After attending winemaking school in Burgundy followed by three years of viticulture training at the agronomy school in Montpelier, Xavier spent the 1990’s gaining international winemaking experience in the US, New Zealand and Germany before returning to France to work in Bordeaux.

 

After three years running  a 60ha estate in Nimes, Xavier joined Alain Grignon who had set up LGI in 1999, along with Thierry Leduc and Englishman Mark Lynton, to run the entire winemaking operation as well as developing relationships with some of the finest growers in the region. It is these close relationships which puts Xavier ahead of all others in securing the best parcels of grapes in the region.

 

In 2013 Alain Grignon retired and Xavier took over the general management of the company, whilst maintaining full control of the winemaking process and grower relationships.

 

Mastering the nuances of Sothern French varietals and combining traditional as well as innovative winemaking techniques, Xavier Roger wines are a superb example of the quality that is now being produced in the South of France.

 

Overt and spicy aromas with a hint of white pepper, the palate is concentrated with ripe black cherry fruits and liquorice intensity. The varietal character shines through with an underlay of garrigue and a spicy herb finish.
Great with a BBQ
The winemaking process is designed to create a generous and complex Grenache, revealing all the characteristics of its terroir. After a cold pre-fermentation, the wine ferments at a controlled temperature of 28 to 30°C. Maceration is particularly long (thirty days).The juices are pumped over twice a day, extracting the best aromatic components from the grapes. This extraction technique gives the juice its intense colour. The wine is kept on its fine lees in concrete tanks until bottling.

Highly Commended - Wine Merchant Top 100, 2024.

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