Côte-Rôtie Vieilles Vignes
100% Syrah. Texier sources the grapes from one of the only farmers in Côte-Rôtie who does not use chemicals and who is willing to part with fruit from his small parcel of 80-ish-year-old, non-clonal Serine vines in the Corps de Loup lieu-dit. Here at the very southernmost end of Côte-Rôtie just above the Rhône, the soils are loose, sandy and gneiss-based (compressed granite) and the vineyards are on terraces supported by old, dry-stone walls. From these old-school vines, Eric makes an old-school wine: whole-cluster pressing, native-yeast fermentation without sulfur; almost two years of aging in old barriques without racking; and bottling with minimal sulfur and no flitration.