Type: Red Wine
Country: France
Region: Languedoc-Roussillon
Code: DEUX005
A Shiraz that overdelivers for its price – unquestionably sumptuous, and spicy! The concentration of fruit achieved is outstanding in this French full bodied and juicy red.
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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.

 

Bright ruby red. On the nose notes of blackberry, violet and cassis. On the palate the fruit opens up with a hint of liquorice. Extremely silky tannins and subtle oaking that balances the dense fruit characteristics.
Drink with roast Lamb or a Rabbit cacciatore
After harvest and upon reaching optimal ripeness the grapes are destemmed and divided into two sections at the triage table. The first is traditionally fermented on their skin for 10 days. The second group - a much smaller percentage- is processed using thermovinification -increasing to very high temperatures before fermentation. This helps to develop and enhance the extraction of phenolic compounds and improve wine quality. Both are blended once their individual processes are complete.

Graham Holter, Wine Merchant Magazine, November 2023: 'It's only natural these days to raise a quizzical eyebrow at wines that arrive with an RRP below £10, and normally it's a question of working out what's wrong, rather than right. But this is a sumptuous, juicy Languedoc red with enough depth and spicy detais to justify another few quid on the price ticket'.

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