Côtes-du-Rhône Rouge Brézème


100% Syrah. From Texier's younger (20-40-year-old) vines, planted on a south-facing, limestone marl slope of the Brézème zone (on eastern side of the Rhône River at the southern edge of the northern Rhône Valley). They are organically farmed and harvested by hand. The vinification and aging are identical to Texier's St Julien bottling and thus purely expressive of the cooler, less solar, more limestone-rich Brézème terroir: whole-cluster fermentation with native yeasts in open concrete tanks with no sulfur and a 6-8-day maceration; no extraction techniques (only a submerged cap for gentle infusion of color and flavor); aging in concrete tanks on the fine lees for 18-24 months with no racking; bottling is without fining or filtration and with a minute dose of sulfur. 

91 points
"Deep violet. Powerful, smoke-accented dark berries, licorice and pungent flowers on the mineral-inflected nose. Chewy black and blue fruit and candied violet flavors take on a spicy aspect as the wine opens up. In a generous yet still lively style, with solid finishing thrust and dusty tannins framing a long, dark-fruit-dominated finish."
Josh Raynolds,
Vinous Media
, April 2020
90 points
"The brand new release of Brézème rouge from Éric Texier is fresh off the boat and excellent. The nose jumps from the glass in a wealth of syrah aromatic goodness, with scents of cassis, black raspberries, pepper, smoked meats, tapenade and a lovely base of limestone soil tones. O the palate the wine is bright, full-bodied and beautifully balanced, with a fine core, a bit of backend tannin and a long, impeccably balanced and complex finish. This wine is awash in all of the joy that young syrah can bring! 2020-2030. "
John Gilman,
View From The Cellar
, November 2020

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