2016 Eric Texier Vieilles Vignes Rouge Chateauneuf-du-Pape
Winemaker Notes: Eric Texier made the unprecedented leap from nuclear engineer to winemaker in the early 1990s. In keeping with his rigorous academic background, he studied oenology in Bordeaux. While learning the ropes in the Mâcon at Verget by day, he burned the midnight oil reading original handbooks and manuals from the 19th century to learn about long-lost styles and vinification techniques.
Given the prohibitive prices of land in the region, Eric supplements his own modest vineyards in the Northern Rhône through his activities as a negociant. This gives him access to excellent fruit from the papally-approved Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation in the Southern Rhône.
Grenache is the backbone of this wine, with a cameo appearance from Mourvèdre. The Grenache is from 70-year-old vines in La Crau (north-facing in the North-East of appellation). One week maceration, no pigéage, native yeast fermentation, aged in neutral oak, unfined and unfiltered.
Vinous - "Shimmering ruby-red. A highly perfumed bouquet evokes ripe cherry and black raspberry, garrigue and floral pastille qualities, and a sneaky mineral flourish builds in the glass. Shows impressive depth as well as finesse, offering sweet red and blue fruit, lavender, anise and spicecake flavors braced by a spine of juicy acidity. In a powerful but alluringly graceful style, showing impressive detail and a repeating floral note on the impressively long finish, which features smooth tannins and a resonating mineral note."
|Grape Varietals||Grenache, Mourvedre, Syrah|
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