Eric Texier 2010s - St-Julien en St-Alban Vieille Serine, Cote Rotie, Saint-Joseph, and More!

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The brilliant, highly-opinionated and sometimes hilarious Eric Texier is making some of the finest wines in the Rhône Valley. Carefully sourcing grapes from old vines in great sites, his non-interventionist winemaking is producing elegant, balanced, never over-extracted wines that are a joy to drink. His highly anticipated 2010 Domaine de Pergault St-Julien en St-Alban Vieille Serine has just arrived at Chambers Street! Tasted in Eric's home last winter, the wine showed beautifully with complex citrusy red fruit and floral aromas, fabulous cool black fruits on the palate with great acidity and length. Our allocation is distressingly small and we urge Texier fans to pick-up some both for early drinking and cellaring. (Made with zero SO2) We draw your attenton also to the last few bottles of Eric's superb 2010 Côte-Rôtie and Saint-Joseph, surely among the finest from these appellations in this superb vintage. Also from 2010, we love the crystalline Brézème Vieille Roussette - Roussanne, that is - although it can mean Altesse in Bugey and Marsanne in St. Peray. And for something completely different, we offer the soon-to-arrive 2011 Anecdot'hic Rosé! This field-blend from a vineyard in Charnay tended without plowing or chemicals was a sensation last year and happily we have a few more cases to offer in this vintage, arriving approximately August 7th.  And please consider grabbing some of the last bottles of Eric's great 2009s - Brézème Pergault Vieille Serine, Séguret Vieilles Vignes and Mâcon-Bussières Très Vieilles Vignes.

Eric's vineyard work is exemplary: "Certified organic "Ecocert" in Brézème and Vaison. We began converting Saint Julien in 2011. We use the 500 and 501 everywhere (biodynamic preparations) and follow the lunar calendar but I am highly opposed to the necessity of animal compost imposed by biodynamic agriculture; I guess it's my own interpretation of it. We do a lot of experiments involving other types of plants in between rows and vines, as well as "natural" viticulture with zero intervention to the soil or the vines (by applying the principles of Fukuoka, Mollison or Altieri). I do my best to never have to use the three things that I find the most intrusive in organic and biodynamic agriculture:
-Plowing (in between rows or at the root)
-Copper (Mildew, Black Rot)
-Sulfur (oidium)
To avoid these three pitfalls, I work on cultures that complement each other, selecting plants that provide permanent vegetal cover of the soil that can "shut down" when resources become scarce, (and) by using microbiological elements to fight illness (Ampelomyces Quiscalis against odium...)."

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Texier 2010 Cotes-du-Rhône St. Julien St. Alban Serine

In Saint-Julien-en-Saint-Alban, a village on the opposite side of the Rhône from Brézème in the Ardeche, Eric found vineyards in massale selection, never treated with chemicals, including a tiny plot of old vine Serine on micaschist and marne soils. We tasted the 2010 last winter before bottling — Very pretty, quite complex red fruit, citrus and floral aromas, black fruits on the palate, dark and deep with terrific length. Great balance and acidity, light on it's feet, this will age well. Lovely! ("No sulphur needed. Therefore no sulphur added. But THIS IS NOT A NO SULFUR WINE BY DESIGN, for Bacchus sake!!!!!!!!!!!!!No carbonic @#$%, no reductive ageing, no extended lees contact no addition of CO2... This is a traditional whole cluster syrah from decomposed granite in the Northern Rhône, bottled without sulphur. Period." — Eric)

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Texier 2010 Cote-Rotie Vieilles Vignes

" I am back on the Montlys plot, where I produced the 2003 vintage (la Viailère was totally over ripe that year). The vines are 45 years old, a massale selection grafted in the vineyard by the previous owner. Bernard Garrayt (the guy who works the Janrode plot) is the owner now. Nice steep mica schist vineyard, which makes more powerful wines... Very old school style of rocky CR."

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Texier 2010 Saint Joseph La Croix Vieilles Vignes

Eric's heroes in the Northern Rhône are Trollat, Gentaz-Dervieux, Juge and Verset and he makes his Saint-Joseph very much in their style. From 60-70 year-old "petite serine" vines in the northern part of Saint-Joseph, on decomposed granite. Only 20 — 30% de-stemmed, 15 day maceration with no pigeage or remontage, wild-yeast fermentation and 18 months aging on the lees in one to three year-old barrels, no SO2 until bottling, un-filtered. Production about 1200 bottles. A great vintage in the northern Rhône and perfect for the style of M. Texier — medium-bodied with great structure and acidity, pure red fruit aromas of cherry and raspberry with smoke and roast meats. Drink young or cellar for 7 or 8 years.

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Texier 2011 Cotes du Rhone Brezeme

Eric Texier has once again produced an elegant and delicious Syrah from his vines in Brézème — lovely black and blueberry aromas with  hints of violet, olive and musk with a soft and supple palate. A bit rounder than the bright 2010 but perhaps more delicious and enjoyable young, with lovely fruit clinging on the soft but long finish...yum!

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Texier 2011 Côtes du Rhône

80% Grenache, 20% white grapes, from St. Julien en St. Alban, near Brézème. A beautiful Cotes-du-Rhône for everyday enjoyment, served cool. Lovely cherry, blackberry and spice aromas, very supple and cool on the palate with refreshing acidity. Perfect with grilled foods, especially chicken and pork — really a versatile and delicious wine that's too easy to drink....

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Texier 2010 Brezeme Pergaud Vieille Roussette

"Roussette" can mean Roussanne in the Northern Rhône, Altesse if you're in Bugey or even Marsanne, if you're in St. Peray. In Brézème, it's Roussanne, and Eric has made a separate cuvée from the oldest vines of Monsieur Pouchoulin, in a parcel of clay and limestone with large stones (galets roulés), bottled in January 2012 after 24 months in old barriques. It's a beautiful wine with subtle aromas of citrus peel, exotic fruit and summer hay; the palate has a slight buttery aspect but remains pure, crystalline and mineral with terrific length and good acidity. This drinks beautifully now and will be a great accompaniment for any serious seafood dish, but the length and acidity indicate great aging potential also. Highly recommended.

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Texier 2009 St. Julien en St. Alban Pergaud Vieille Serine

Made from 80 to 90 year-old vines of Serine, generally regarded as an old version of Syrah (which evolved from Mondeuse Blanc and Dureza) with smaller berries which survived through massale selection, principally in Cote Rotie.  Serine gives a more aromatic and elegant wine that the larger berried modern Syrah. The 2009 Texier Vieille Serine shows the ripeness of 2009 with deep blueberry and blackberry fruit but with cool acidity and moderate alcohol. Elegant, balanced and insanely delicious, this is drinking well now and should develop nicely for five years or more. We have loved this wine since our first tasting from barrel in the winter of 2010, and we're very happy that Eric has seen fit to bless New York with a few more cases....

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Texier 2009 Cote-du-Rhône Villages Seguret VV

From 60 to 90 year-old Grenache vines around and above the village of Seguret, at the base of the Dentelles de Montmirail. Limestone with very shallow rocky soils, giving low yields, but with good acidity at this altitude. The 2009 is deep and dark with spiced strawberry/cherry fruit with hints of cocoa and musk, surpisingly well-balanced for a 2009 with good chalky acidity giving lift to the fruit. Serve cool with grilled foods this summer or with hearty meals all winter. Will develop nicely over the next 3 to 5 years.

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Texier 2009 Mâcon-Bussières Très Vieilles Vignes

From 80 to 100 year-old Chardonnay vines on a south-facing hillside vineyard of limestone and clay in Bussiere. The vines produce tiny yields from very small berries. Lime-flower, exotic fruit and citrus aromas, quite ripe but with good freshness. On the palate the wine is surprising light given the warm vintage, with chalky white and exotic fruit flavors and very good acidity. Really quite elegant and refreshing, a lovely Macon Chardonnay that should develop well over five to eight years.

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Texier (Vignenvie) 2009 Vin de Table L'Anecdot'hic Rose

This unique wine comes from a small plot below Charnay, in the Macon, where Eric has planted 26 (??) different varieties and is tending the vines without chemical applications or plowing. Advocated by Fukuoka and Bourguignon, among others, this organic, no-till farming most effectively preserves the life of the soil. (Also practised by Peio Espil at Domaine Ilarria in Irouleguy) The young vines are producing a fascinating light low-alcohol rosé that was wonderfully delicious to those few who tried the 2010. A bit more is available this year, but 6-bottle maximum, please.

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Texier, Père et Fils 2010 Vin de Table L'Indigène Sulfureux Yelen

(100% Syrah from St. Julien en St. Alban on mica-schiste soils. Pure carbonic fermentation for 12-15 days until pressing, then alcoholic fermentation without maceration, no SO2, bottled by gravity, no filtration or collage) Aromas of red currant, raspberry and blood orange, the palate is light and pure with more syrah-like flavors of blueberry and blackberry. Yummy Yelen, serve cool and enjoy!

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