2013 Brézème Domaine de Pergaud Eric Texier

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2013 Brézème Domaine de Pergaud Eric Texier

Eric makes largely sulphur-free wines, and has something approaching a cult following in the USA. The wines accentuate fruit, and he has backed off an overtly ripe and rather extracted style that prevailed in the early 2000s. His recent focus has been on Cotes du Rhône from Brézème with the Domaine de Pergaud on the left bank and from St Julien en St Alban on the right bank of the Rhône in its middle belt, the southernmost part of the northern sector. The wines hold pretty racy fruit.

Made primarily 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. "From our first day of harvest, 2013 is one of our favorite vintages. The younger vines, which proved austère in the months after bottling, are now showing the remarkable definition that each terroir has gifted to both wines: generosity and smokiness from Saint-Julien’s granits, depth and definition from Brézème. The 30 months of aging in 2500 litre foudres have rendered both cuvées surprisingly approachable for such a classic vintage. The aging potential is exceptional for both wines, and the Brézème is probably the best expression we’ve obtained from this terroir…and at less than 12% alcohol!  2632 bottles, 120 magnums and 10 jéroboams" Eric Texier