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 rackingand bottling with minimal sulfur and no flitration. 



94 points
"I love Éric Texier’s Côte-Rôtie “Vieilles Vignes” bottling, and the 2017 vintage is no exception. The wine is made entirely from eighty-plus year-old syrah vines, grown in the lieu à dit of Corps de Loup in the commune of Tupin et Semons in the southern end of the appellation in the Côte de Blonde. The wine is one hundred percent whole cluster fermented, with indigenous yeasts and raise for twenty months in used Burgundy casks, ranging from seven to ten years of age. It is bottled unfiltered. The 2017 version comes in at an even thirteen percent octane and offers up a beautiful bouquet of cassis, black raspberries, pepper, grilled meats, black olive, a complex base of soil tones, woodsmoke, a nice touch of sweet stem tones and a topnote of hazelnut. On the palate the wine is deep, pure, full-bodied and peppery, with a lovely core and soil signature, ripe, buried tannins and outstanding length and grip on the complex and vibrant finish. This wine is made from Côte de Blonde fruit, rather than Côte de Brune, but in all other aspects, this is every bit as old school as any vintage from Marius Gentaz as one could ask for! 2030-2080. "
John Gilman,
View From the Cellar
, November 2020

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