Cotes du Rhone Brezème, Vieille Roussette, Eric Texier, France 2014

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Cotes du Rhone Brezème, Vieille Roussette, Eric Texier, France 2014

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"I don't like Marsanne, it's a useless grape," says Eric Texier, pouring us a glass of his Marsanne. "You have to pick it early to keep the acidity and leave it on the skins for 8 months to get any character out of it at all, whereas Rousette..." he continues, warming to his new theme  "...doesn't need skin contact, it has a lot of character. I just press it and it goes directly into amphoras. Easy."

Eric Texier gave up the easy life (he worked as a nuclear engineer) to become a winemaker and is now regarded as one of the leading and certainly most pioneering winemakers of the Northern Rhone and the undisputed king of Brezème, a tiny appellation towards the bottom of the valley, just south of Saint Peray. 

This old vine Roussette is a beautiful example of a 'natural' wine that allows the fruit to speak. Sometimes, natural wines taste more like natural wines than they do the nature they are trying to represent, but that's not the case here. It's so fine and immediately drinkable with lemon cream, chopped almonds, herbs and white flowers and a salinity that works hand in hand with the acidity to make this wonderfully mouthwatering.

70 year-old vines on limestone soil. All biodynamically farmed with no 'chemical' additions except sulphur dioxide at bottling. No battonage.

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