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Cuvée S.M. 1st Edition Côtes du Rhône

Cuvée S.M. 1st Edition Côtes du Rhône

Another jewel from the amazing Xavier Vignon


/ 0.75 L btl
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Spec sheet

TypeRed wine
AllergensContains sulfites
Alcohol contenti14.5%

The wine

Cuvée S.M. 1st Edition Côtes du Rhône is a unique non-vintage wine created from a blend of two different harvests. A wonderfully exciting wine by one of the best winemakers in the Rhône ValleyXavier Vignon, a visionary who brings together traditions, terroir and creative freedom. Cuvée S.M. 1st Edition is made from an excellent combination using equal amounts of the 2011 harvest of 60-year-old Syrah vines in the north Rhône Valley and wine from the 2012 harvest of 80-year-old Grenache in the southern part of the valley.

What does this wine taste like?

A magnificent wine with a voluptuous but elegant style, a perfect expression of the terroir and the grape varieties it is made from. A delightful gift for the senses, with aromas of spicey and flowery notes combining magically with hints of Picota cherries, black plums, and black olives, and a splendidly enveloping mouthfeel.

Ruby red
Black fruit / Plums / Liquorice / Olives
Full / Complex / Rounded tannins / Enveloping / Balanced / Elegant

Drinking and storing

Ready to enjoy immediately or to be kept for up to 4 years.

Serve between 15ºC and 16ºC

Food pairing

Grilled meats / Roast pigeon / Sirloin steak

Wine critics reviewsReviews by Parker

The NV Côtes du Rhône S.M. is thrilling stuff. Made from equal parts Grenache and Syrah and aged half in concrete and half in barrel, it offers a full-bodied, voluptuous and decadent style to go with overflowing notes of plum and darker fruits, licorice and violets. Gorgeous on all counts, it’s a shockingly good Côtes du Rhône to drink over the coming 4-6 years, although I wouldn’t be surprised to see it last even longer.

— Jeb Dunnuck (31/10/2014)Robert Parker Wine Advocate94 PARKER

Customer reviews

4 reviews


The Grenache ages in concrete tanks to preserve the fruit’s delicacy whereas the Syrah wine ages in wooden barrels for 14 months.

Vinification materialConcrete / Wood
Ageing period14 months
Type of woodFrench oak


Vine ageBetween 60 and 80 years
SoilSand / Granit
ClimateContinental with Mediterranean influence
YieldsModerate yields

The winery

Xavier Vignon

With a vast experience working in countries such as Australia, New Zealand, the US and South Africa, and over 20 years as winemaking consultant at Châteauneuf du Pape and other wineries in the south Rhône valley, Xavier Vignon is currently considered to be one of the top oenologists in the region. Using his deep knowledge of the world of wine, alongside the utmost respect for terroir and the environment, Xavier seeks inspiration in a range of...