Côtes-du-Rhône Rouge St. Julien-en-St.Alban

2017
France
Rhône

100% Syrah. From Texier's younger (20-40-year-old) vines, planted on a south-facing slope on granite soils in the warm St-Julien-en-St-Alban zone (in the Ardèche on the northern bank of the Ouvèze--to the west 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 Brézème bottling and thus purely expressive of the much warmer, sunnier microclimate and granite-rich St. Julien 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 only a minute dose of sulfur.

 

92 points
"Opaque ruby. An expansive bouquet evokes ripe red and blue fruits, potpourri, allspice and olive paste, and a smoky mineral nuance builds in the glass. Shows impressive depth and energy, offering sappy blueberry, cherry, spicecake and violet flavors supported by a spine of juicy acidity. Displays very good energy for its heft and finishes on a subtly tannic note, displaying sharp definition and firm, minerally thrust."
Josh Raynolds,
Vinous Media
, April 2020
91 points
"The “regular” bottling of Saint-Julien-en-Saint-Alban from Éric Texier is his younger vine cuvée, as these vines range from thirty-five to forty years of age. They are entirely petite serine syrah, with the wine aged for seventeen months in cement vats prior to bottling without fining or filtration. The wine offers up a superb and youthful bouquet of cassis, grilled meats, bonfire, black olive tapenade, pepper, dark soil tones and dollop of shoe polish in the upper register. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and beautifully transparent in personality, with a lovely core of fruit, fine-grained tannins and a long, complex and very promising finish. This is an absolutely superb bottle in the making, but it could do with a few years in the cellar to blossom. A great value! 2023-2045."
John Gilman,
View From The Cellar
, November 2020

SKU/Code: 
DB1024-17
Product Line: 
Wine
Red
Varietal: 
Syrah
Farming Type: 
Organic