Côtes-du-Rhône Blanc St. Julien-en-St. Alban "Vieille Marsanne"


100% Marsanne. From 80-year-old vines in the granite soils of St. Julien on the western side of the river in the southernmost part of the northern Rhône.  The fermentation is spontaneous, without added yeasts or sulfur, in clay amphora (or tinajas, the Spanish term Eric T uses because these are made by the master Padilla in Spain). Skin maceration is several months. Aging is around 2 years on the lees in old oak barrel; bottling is without sulfur or any fining or filtration in Novemver two years after the vintage.

Note: the Pergaud domaine moniker appears on four Texier wines and indicates that the wine is made from older vines in either the Brézème or St. Julien-en-St. Alban vineyard area.

92 points
"Pale gold. Aromas of fresh pear, melon and peach pit are complicated by citrus zest, chamomile and jasmine nuances. Nervy and penetrating on the palate, offering mineral-accented orchard and pit fruit flavors that deepen steadily on the back half. Fennel and ginger emerge on an impressively persistent, mineral-dominated finish that echoes the pear and floral notes."
Josh Raynolds,
Vinous Media
, May 2020
90 points
"The 2017 Vieilles Marsanne bottling from Éric Texier sees four months of skin contact and then two years of gentle aging in old barrels prior to bottling. The 2017 version literally is right off the boat and offers up a fine nose of pear, a touch of fresh pineapple, orange peel, a lovely base of soil tones, fresh rosemary and a topnote of wild flowers. On the palate the wine is bright, full-bodied and complex, with a good core, fine soil signature, good, zesty acidity and a long, well-balanced finish that closes with a delightful note of that same fresh rosemary. This is a lovely wine. 2020-2026."
John Gilman,
View From The Cellar
, November 2020

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