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Eric Texier

Eric Texier St. Julien-en-St. Alban Rouge 2019


no added sulfur

Country: France

Region: Rhône

Type: Red Wine 

Grape: Syrah

From Texier's younger (20-40-year-old) vines, planted on a south-facing slope on granite soils in the warm St-Julien-en-St-Alban zone (in the Ardèche on the northern bank of the Ouvèze--to the west of the Rhône River, at the southern edge of the northern Rhône Valley).

They are organically farmed and harvested by hand. This wine is expressive of the much warmer, sunnier microclimate and granite-rich St. Julien terroir: whole-cluster fermentation with native yeasts in open concrete tanks with no sulfur and a 6-8-day maceration; no extraction techniques (only a submerged cap for gentle infusion of color and flavor); aging in concrete tanks on the fine lees for 18-24 months with no racking; bottling is without fining or filtration and with only a minute dose of sulfur.

Spicy and meaty, with aromas of berries, underbrush and dark flowers, and notes of blackberries and black pepper on the palate.