Éric Texier 2018 Brézème RougeTabula Rasa
Syrah from Texier's younger, 35 to 40-year-old vines, in the limestone-rich, cooler Brézème vineyard area (on the eastern side of the Rhône). Whole clusters are fermented with native yeasts in concrete tank with a short 5-7-day maceration. Aged in concrete tanks for 15 months before bottling unfiltered.
"It is no exaggeration that Eric Texier is one of the most important people we have come to know in our 30+ years of wine importing. Eric is a trailblazer, putting all the but extinct regions of Brézème and Saint Julien en Saint Alban on the map. He experiments with concepts you rarely if ever hear about elsewhere: finding acidity in Marsanne through anforas, not working the soil in favor of cover crops, "infusion" macerations, working on his own grafts, rediscovering forgotten grapes adaptable to the very real threat of climate change. Like all good winemakers, Eric strongly believes that wines are made in the vineyard, and that his work, after the harvest, consists in following the lead of the vintage and accompanying the wines so they fulfill their potential. Exact steps in vinification vary according to the varietals, terroirs and vintages, but the goal is always to provide the grapes, musts and wines with the best environment and to intervene as little as possible."