Eric Texier Côtes du Rhône Rouge, Brezeme 2015

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Eric Texier Côtes du Rhône Rouge, Brezeme 2015

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These Syrha vines are between 20 to 25 years old and mainly located on the Côteau on a Southwest facing slope. Eric ferments whole cluster with minimal sulphur. Fermented and aged for 15 months in concrete vats.

Brézème is a small appellation in the northern Rhône that Éric is now the king of. He was fascinated by the fact that in the mid-19th century, its wines rivalled those of Hermitage. By 1961, however, just one hectare remained. Éric has now put the appellation back on the map, and is the leading grower there. He now works his own vineyards biodynamically, and makes all his wines in a natural manner, only adding sulfur dioxide at bottling.

With regard to Syrah, what is his preferred style? ‘I love the Côte-Rôtie wines from the 1970s, for example, those of Gentaz’, says Éric. ‘They’re very Burgundian in style. My idea is to make these kinds of wines. I try not to harvest too late, and I don’t let the acidity drop below 6 g/litre (tartaric).’

Since 2004 he has been working exclusively with whole clusters (including the stems in the ferment) for his reds. ‘This was due to a change in vineyard management,’ says Éric. ‘I get stems ripe—not green—even in a vintage like 2008. The key is getting the stems ripe.’ He has decided not to plough the vineyards any more between the rows, and seeds three times a year with cover crops. ‘The idea is not to bring any more organic compounds from outside.’ He reports that the stems now ripen earlier.
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